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Pudu gets star name

FANS of a South Korean pop star have raised more than US$2,000 to name a baby deer at the Los Angeles Zoo after their favorite doe-eyed singer. The zoo’s new baby pudu was named Haechan after a member of K-pop group NCT and its two subgroups, NCT 127 and NCT Dream.

The southern pudu made its media debut last week. Donors typically name animals born at the zoo. But after tweeting about the newborn pudu, the zoo realized Haechan’s fans had long thought the 18-year-old looked like the tiny deer that’s native to South America.

“It was immediate,” said Katherine Spada, the zoo’s social media manager. “People started saying, ‘You’ve got to name the pudu Haechan. He looks just like Haechan.’”

The zoo wrote that if fans raised US$2,000 to go toward conservation work, the pudu would be named Haechan. The money was raised within three hours. The zoo invited Haechan to visit his namesake but the singer hasn’t indicated whether he plans to do so.


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