Toronto Capybaras Named After Members of Rush

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Prog rock fans visiting the High Park zoo will be in good company.

A trio of capybara babies will be named after the members of Canadian trio Rush.

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(Image: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department)

“We are thrilled to hear that 3 cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names!” says the band’s publicist Meghan Symsyk on behalf of lead vocalist Geddy Lee.

“Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour! By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses.”

Nearly 45,000 people voted in the naming process, with 30,000+ votes going to the winning decision.

The babies were born in February. Their parents, Bonnie and Clyde, made headlines last year for escaping their enclosure and eluding their keepers for weeks before being caught and returned to the zoo.

Runner-up names included “Snap, Crackle and Pop” and “Mocha, Chino and Latte.” Sufficient to say, we think the right call was made.

Will you be making a visit to see the Toronto capybaras? Let us know in the comments below.


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