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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

National Zoo names lion cub after Hollywood counterpart

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Actors Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes with Aslan, the National Zoo's newborn lion cub. (Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

The National Zoo is jumping on the celebrity train: On Thursday, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes, stars of the new "Chronicles of Narnia," showed up to name one of the lion cubs "Aslan." Like in the movie. "The fictional Aslan is wise, fearless and regal," said zoo director Dennis Kelly. The real-life Aslan is 10 weeks old, adorable. . . and big! He's one of seven cubs born this year; the rest will be named by keepers, donors and a naming contest open to the public

By The Reliable Source  | December 9, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
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Gee, why is it people who probably never even heard of National Zoo get to name the cub and get to visit with him? Why not chose one of the numerous dedicated fans who donate money and promote the zoo whenever they can. I get tired of zoo directors who get star struck and forget who their real supporters are. Come on Mr. Kelly, why don't you make the day of a member and let them get a behind the scenes peek.

Posted by: RafikiRuby | December 9, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

From the zoo's press release: "Today 20th Century Fox and Walden Media presented a monetary gift to support the National Zoo’s great-cat conservation, research and public education."

You give a big enough donation, I bet you would get a behind the scenes peek, too.

Posted by: breitz | December 10, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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