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Japanese Zoo Catches Heat for Naming Baby Monkey After Princess Charlotte

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 08, 2015

Japanese Zoo Catches Heat for Naming Baby Monkey After Princess Charlotte

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It turns out naming a baby monkey Charlotte wasn’t such a grand idea.

The Guardian reports Mount Takasaki Wild Monkey Park is being taken to task for naming a newly born macaque monkey after Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Now the monkey’s name isn’t nearly as prolific in the syllable department, simply being named Charlotte.

However, it’s that one name that has caused some to criticize the zoo for bad form, naming an animal after a most precious and royal baby.

The Associated Press affords us a look at the adorable primate that caused quite the naming stir:

Now it wasn’t exactly the zoo’s intention to name the monkey Charlotte. The task was given to those who chose to vote for the eventual name.

According to the report, there wasn’t even a "Charlotte" among the entries until earlier this week. But the name quickly took over in the monkey-naming vote thanks in large part to a general affection the Japanese have for the royal family.

The Guardian cites AFP reports that quote a zoo official who chimed in with the details behind the controversy: “The name was publicly solicited and Charlotte suddenly became the most popular choice – with 59 votes out of the total 853 – after the British baby princess’s name was announced. There was no vote for Charlotte before the Monday night announcement.”

That announcement is presumably the news that Prince William and Duchess Kate decided to name their second child Charlotte.

The zoo spokesperson adds that emails and calls signaled those who felt it was “rude” to name a monkey after the princess.

Of course, this is much ado about voters trying to pay homage to a culture they respect. The Guardian adds, “Britain’s royals are immensely popular in Japan, where their easy familiarity with the public stands in marked contrast to the austere image of the country’s own imperial clan.”

So there was absolutely nothing, as best we can tell, malicious about the act, and the zoo has apologized.

At worst this was an ill-advised show of respect and one that adds just another headline to a birth that has caused a royal baby fever across the globe.

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