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Name Chosen For National Aviary's Newest Penguin

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- A new name has been selected for a new penguin at the National Aviary.

A 3-year-old female African Penguin recently came to the National Aviary from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, and the National Aviary asked the public to vote for one of three possible names for her. The choices were Maggie, Madison or Kenzie.

The winner is...Maggie!

  • Maggie 10,922
  • Kenzie 10,378
  • Madison 2,045

More than 23,000 votes were cast in just a few days. The name Maggie barely edged out Kenzie.

The National Aviary says their new penguin was hatched in captivity and raised by penguin parents.

"Our goal is to encourage these two to form a bond, and hopefully in the future we'll see eggs from them," said Teri Grendzinski, supervisor of animal collections at the National Aviary.

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