It’s a boy. And the Penguin Posthas learned Humboldt penguin chick has a name after a contest that drew international attention to an upstate New York zoo. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse says ‘Alberto’ topped the online voting for 10 finalist boy and girl names before the chick’s gender was determined. The zoo says Friday about 1,100 suggestions came from 21 countries, 38 states and the District of Columbia. Spanish names got preference in choosing the finalists because the birds breed off Peru and Chile. Alberto hatched Jan. 9, the 30th Humboldt born since a breeding program started in 2005. Zoo officials said 2,040 votes were cast. “Alberto” received 264 of the 998 votes cast for a boy’s name, said Lorrell Walter, speaking for the zoo.
He’s the first of six this year. Kristy Lee Witt of North Syracuse had the winning entry, which means “noble and bright.” Her son Albert was born Feb. 1.