Giraffe naming contest has one rule: Not Fluffy

October 3, 2011 6:54:50 AM PDT
A Pennsylvania zoo is holding a naming contest for its new giraffe and there's only one rule for entries: Anything but Fluffy.

The Erie Zoo created a website called for people to suggest names for its 1-year-old giraffe. It's also accepting submissions at the zoo and local credit union branches.

Zoo executive director Scott Mitchell told the Erie Times-News on Friday that more than 5,000 suggestions have come through the website alone.

The original deadline for entries was supposed to be Saturday. But Mitchell says the overwhelming response has led zoo officials to extend the contest - likely until Oct. 7.

The male giraffe, which now stands about 10 feet tall, arrived in July from the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn.