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Franklin Park Zoo seeks help naming new arrival

The male foal was born about two weeks ago at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. The public’s help is being sought in selecting a name for the new little guy.
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The male foal was born about two weeks ago at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. The public’s help is being sought in selecting a name for the new little guy.

Some say they are white with black stripes, others argue it’s the other way around. One thing that cannot be disputed is this: Newborn zebras are adorable.

A male Grevy zebra foal, born about two weeks ago at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, is in good health and will be on exhibit in the near future, the zoo announced today.

“We have been very successful in breeding Grevy’s zebras at Franklin Park Zoo and each birth contributes greatly to the future survival of this endangered species,” said John Linehan, ZooNew England’s president and chief executive, in an e-mail statement.

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The zoo began a naming poll on its Facebook page today for the young foal, allowing the public to vote on their favorite names.

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Two of the options are fairly traditional: Jakobi, a West African word meaning star, and Hodari, Swahili for strong.

The two other options come straight from the Red Sox roster: Papi and Koji.

Grevy zebras are an endangered species primarily found in Kenya. There are fewer than 2,700 wild Grevy zebras in the wild today, Franklin Zoo officials said.

The voting will end at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, and the foal’s name will then be determined, said Erin DeVito, a zoo spokeswoman.

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The newborn is the offspring of Evit and Menelik, two other zebras at the zoo, and weighs 106 pounds, zoo officials said.

Jasper can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven