San Francisco Zoo Embroiled in 'Grizzlygate'

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Two grizzly bears at the San Francisco zoo have been without out names since they arrived from Montana last fall. A report on why some people are upset by the decision on how to name the cubs.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

On the other side of the country, San Francisco has added some new wildlife and some controversy. Two orphaned grizzly bear cubs from Montana arrived at the city zoo last fall. They have remained anonymous as the zoo's marketing director searched for the best way to promote them. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a bank was asked to sponsor a naming contest, then an American Indian group, but those sponsorships didn't pan out. So the zoo decided to auction off the names. Two weeks ago, a couple won with a bid of more than $32,000 to name the bears. By then, about 1,000 contestants had already submitted entries to that earlier naming contest. They're furious, and the resulting controversy has since been dubbed Grizzlygate. In the meantime, more suggested names for the cubs have poured in, among them Grin and Bear It.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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