His name’s Augustus, but you can call him Gus.
The zoo credited Kansas’ Pittsburg State University for helping to push the name to the top.
“Grover led the Facebook vote, Gus led the Twitter vote and Mosi was the favorite for in-park voters, ” the zoo said in a written statement.
Once Pittsburg State heard about the contest, it urged its students to vote for Gus — the name of its own gorilla mascot. That helped push the name to first place in a day.
The zoo revealed the gorilla’s name in a video, in which a gorilla pulls a blanket off a hidden stack to reveal blocks that spell out the name Gus. The video then cuts to a shot of an adorable Gus pressing his face into the glass and mugging for the camera.
Gus is the first gorilla born at the Fort Worth Zoo. His mother, who came from Oklahoma City last year, gave birth to him Dec. 5. His father is Elmo, a 25-year-old who has been at the Fort Worth Zoo since 1993, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
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