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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Enter our lion cub naming contest

By Washington Post editors

(Photo: Mehgan Murphy, the National Zoo)

Kimba? Simba? Or maybe just Bob. It's your choice.

The Washington Post, in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Zoo, is sponsoring a naming contest for the zoo's newest editions -- cuddly lion cubs born last summer. But there's a twist. To enter, contestants must submit a video no longer than 90 seconds that provides a name for one of the cubs, plus an explanation for why the cub should have that moniker.

Contest entrants will have the opportunity to name two cubs -- a male and a female. The zoo is offering a few short lion cub clips that you can incorporate into your videos. Entries will be judged on the creativity of the video and thoughtfulness of the name. The zoo's lion keepers will choose three video finalists per cub, and the public will be invited to vote on their favorites.

Submissions are due by midnight on Sunday, Dec. 5. More details about the contest are available here.

This year the National Zoo experienced a baby boom of cub births. On Aug. 31, four lion cubs were born to Shera, one of the zoo's two female lions. Then on Sept. 22, Shera's sister, Nababiep, gave birth to three lion cubs. The zoo's male lion, Luke, is father to all seven cubs.

By Washington Post editors  | November 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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I vote for Mr. Pants...

Posted by: ozpunk | November 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

How about "Sparky" in honor of George "Sparky" Anderson. He's going to have to shoulder the role of big brother after all, and I guess the cub-ette or whatever you call her could be "Grace." That's a classic!

Posted by: cooney_colin | November 16, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

One should be named "butterstick" and another named "Tai Shan"

Posted by: rls1188 | November 16, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"Totarius the Blood Drinker" is my vote.

Posted by: nonvoter | November 16, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: NickNaigm | November 16, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Sabertooth & Snookie - Video linked to Jersey Shore..

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | November 16, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: wilkens1 | November 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Baby Boomba

Posted by: Wildthing1 | November 16, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Osama. Or possibly Mohammed.

Posted by: koheleth71 | November 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Perry. If it's good enough for a platypus secret agent it's good enough for a cub.

Posted by: lucl74 | November 16, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Lyle and they'll be able to say their own names.

PS: I think it's kinda tacky that official entries have to be accompanied by a video. I don't have the equipment to make a video, nor the money with which to buy any. (I still use a 35mm Minolta SLR camera to take still pix. Most home-made videos are borrrring!)

Posted by: exhoicat | November 16, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth do name submissions have to be in video format? That's ridiculous.

Posted by: katymcintyre | November 17, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: RossdaBoss | November 19, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Baron von Cuddle Bottom McFluffy Paws

Posted by: ozpunk | November 19, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Frank and Beans

Posted by: hcpf | November 19, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Frank and Beans

Posted by: hcpf | November 19, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I demand they be named "NANCY" and "HARRY."
Something beautiful should be attached to those otherwise horrid names.

Posted by: ddnfla | November 19, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Name the cub Percy J. Wentworth.

Posted by: BeaverCleavage | November 20, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Name the cub Percy J. Wentworth.

Posted by: BeaverCleavage | November 20, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Oh..sorry I just read that the names MUST be submitted in video problem. I will be contacting my production company on monday have them gather the neccessary actors and prepare a script for this video production. It will be ready to go into production Tue., cut and edited on Wed. and finalized for distribution on Thur. but since Thur is a holiday the actual release will be on Fri.

Posted by: BeaverCleavage | November 20, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: allset707 | November 20, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

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