Audubon Aquarium: name-the-white-gator election
NEW ORLEANS- The Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans is holding a name-the-gator election for a rare white alligator that recently went on display, even though it was dubbed "Chompitoulas" in 2009.
The 5-foot-long male replaces a 28-year-old white alligator named "Spots," which died Sept. 7.
The alligator and its brother were displayed at the Audubon Insectarium as Chompitoulas and Canal-igator after they were donated in 2009, but outgrew the small exhibit there.
On Thursday, the aquarium said it will hold the online election from Friday through Halloween to choose from three names: Pirogue, Cocodril and Chompitoulas.
Chompitoulas is a play on Tchoupitoulas (CHOP-uh-TOO-luhs) Street. Pirogues are flat-bottomed boats used on Louisiana's bayous. Aquarium spokeswoman Katie Smith says Cocodril is an old spelling of the Cajun French word for "alligator."