What's in a name?
"Leave It To" beaver. "Monty" python. "Harry" otter. Ever wondered how an animal gets its house name? Sometimes the motivation behind the name is as unique as the animal itself.
Inspiration can strike in all kinds of places. Choices may be influenced by a favorite movie, book or song. Other options may stem from the region the animal is native to. Then there are some names that are just off the wall.
It may seem unusual to name a spider monkey "Gorilla," but many animal names are tied to their personality. The 34-year-old spider monkey got his name because he sometimes aggressively hops up and down like his much larger ape cousin.
"Maderas" the jaguar’s moniker emanated in much the same way. She was named for a volcano in Nicaragua due to her fiery disposition. Then there's the serval with some Southern soul. "Booker T." the serval was named after musician Booker T. Jones of the R&B/funk band Booker T. & the M.G.'s.
Pulled right out of Greek mythology, "Apollo" and "Athena" the Andean condors and "Zeus" the ocelot's names hail from mount Olympus. "Rio" the golden lion tamarin’s name came with a much simpler explanation. The endangered golden lion tamarin is native to Brazil, home to Rio de Janeiro.
Now that we've uncovered the mystery behind these creatures' names, we have one question for you. Do you know how you got yours?