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The Oklahoma City Zoo is seeking the public’s participation with naming its male fishing cat kitten. Voting is now open on the OKC Zoo’s Facebook page and will remain live until Thursday, May 10, 2018.


We’re fishing for a name and you can help! Since his birth, the story of Oklahoma City Zoo’s miracle fishing cat kitten has captured the hearts of millions and now we hope all our global fans will help name him! Now through Thursday, May 10, 2018, participants of all ages can vote on the OKC Zoo’s Facebook page on their favorite name choice for our fishing cat kitten. The top three names, along with the caretakers’ choice, include:

  • Angkor (largest temple in Cambodia)
  • Puddles (Caretakers’ Choice!)
  • Kuttai (meaning “puddles” in Sri Lankan)

On March 31, 2018, the OKC Zoo’s fishing cat kitten was born by caesarian delivery at the Zoo’s Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital to first-time mom 11-year-old Miri. This is the first successful cesarean delivery of a fishing cat among Association of Zoos and Aquariums member zoos in North America.

Days after his birth, the kitten was transferred to the OKC Zoo’s fishing cat habitat to bond with mom. Unfortunately, when the kitten was placed with Miri, she displayed no signs of maternal care. As a result, the Zoo’s veterinary team and carnivore caretakers began the process of hand-rearing the kitten.

At almost five weeks old, the OKC Zoo’s fishing cat kitten is thriving. He is gaining weight, has boundless energy and is becoming more active and coordinated every day. Now, he just needs a name. Cast your vote today for the PURRfect pick – Angkor, Puddles or Kuttai. 

Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit

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