Here are ten interestingly named animals to start the week:
- Canuck, crow. He was hand-raised in Vancouver, Canada, and his ongoing crazy behavior is being chronicled via Facebook, naturally.
- John L Sullivan, elephant. He was a circus elephant trained to “box” (standing on hind legs and wearing boxing gloves). He was named for boxing’s first heavyweight champion.
- Mattie, donkey. He was the baby of a mama donkey rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Matthew last year.
- Mrs. Chippy, (male) cat. He sailed with Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance. He was owned by the ship’s carpenter, whose nickname was Chippy.
- Nipper, terrier mix. He was the model for the famous “His Master’s Voice” ads used originally by the Victor Talking Machine Company. He was named for the fact that he nipped at people’s legs.
- Owney, border terrier. He was a stray dog who became the unofficial mascot of the Railway Mail Service in the late 1800s. He was named after an Albany postal worker called Owen.
- Pot-8-os (or Potoooooooos), horse. He was a successful 18th-century racehorse. He “gained his extraordinary name by the stable-boy writing the word potatoes on his box, “potoooooooos.”” Other versions of the story spell the name other ways.
- Tajiri, giraffe. He’s April’s calf, and his live birth was broadcast on YouTube [vid] earlier this year. His name was chosen via contest.
- Uno, bear. She’s a bear at Katmai National Park whose missing part of one of her ears, hence the name Uno.
- Wojtek, bear. He was adopted by members of the Polish II Corps during WWII. He was named by the soldiers.
- April the giraffe’s calf finally has a name
- Donkey rescued in flood gives birth, baby named after Hurricane Matthew
- Katmai National Park – Beautiful Photos of All 59 U.S. National Parks
- The Misadventures of Canuck, the World’s Most Infamous Crow
- “Portraits of Celebrated Racehorses.” Baily’s Magazine of Sports & Pastimes, Vol. 49, 1888, pp. 371-385.
- Story of Poland’s ‘soldier bear’ Wojtek turned into film