[Ed. – A world perishes of its own intractable imbecility.]
A Japanese zoo has apologized after being criticized for naming a baby monkey Charlotte, the name of the newborn British princess.
The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden said Thursday it was considering renaming the macaque. It was flooded with angry calls and emails Wednesday after announcing the name for its first monkey born this year, a tradition at the zoo run by the southern city of Oita.
Charlotte was the favorite in a public ballot, receiving 59 out of 853 votes in the counting, conducted after the female monkey was born Wednesday.
Votes for Charlotte surged after the British princess was named Monday and topped the ballot in the last three days of voting, which ran from March 27 to May 6.