Japan zoo backpedals over royal monkey name

Japan zoo backpedals over royal monkey name
This handout picture taken on May 6, 2015 shows a baby monkey which was born on May 6 at Mount Takasaki Wild Monkey Park in Oita, western Japan. A Japanese zoo said on May 7 it is rethinking the name of a baby monkey after a public poll decided on "Charlotte", following complaints it was disrespectful to Britain's newborn princess.

OITA - A zoological garden long known for feeding wild monkeys is reconsidering its decision to name a baby Japanese monkey "Charlotte," following objections from the public that it would be disrespectful to the British royal family.

The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden in Oita city announced Wednesday that a female baby monkey had been named Charlotte. That name was the top choice in a public poll to name the garden's first baby monkey of the year, receiving 59 out of 853 votes sent by e-mail and other means.

"There was a lack of consideration on our part," a zoological garden official said in apology. The facility is weighing its options, including a possible name change.

Suggestions started being sent in late March. Charlotte rose in popularity from predawn Tuesday when the second child of Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine was given that name.

The garden started accepting name suggestions for the firstborn baby monkey of each year two years ago. The names are decided on such factors as popularity and newsworthiness.

The zoo announced the publicly solicited name after a zookeeper spotted this year's firstborn clinging to her mother at a feeding ground on Wednesday.

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