By Olivia B. Waxman
January 11, 2016

The Cincinnati Zoo named a penguin after David Bowie on the late singer’s birthday Friday, just two days before the British rockstar died from cancer at 69.

Known as a blue or fairy penguin, the zoo’s first animal birth of 2016 hatched weighing less than two ounces, the Associated Press reports. Even though its gender is unknown, it was almost named Elvis, for Friday was also the late Elvis Presley’s birthday. However, “The penguin keepers chose Bowie because we already have a king penguin named Elvis,” the zoo wrote on Facebook.

 

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