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National Zoo Reveals Fan-Chosen Name for Their New Baby Porcupine: 'Meet Quilliam!'

Claudia Harmata 105 December 17, 2019

The little porcupette was born at the Washington D.C. zoo in November


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This little porcupette goes by Quilliam!

In November, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. welcomed a new little porcupine to their ranks, and earlier this month, asked followers to vote on a potential name for the little newcomer.

“The name for a baby porcupine is a PORCUPETTE. And we have a new one at @NationalZoo who needs a name of his own! We are asking for your help to pick a name for our prehensile-tailed porcupine born in November,” the Smithsonian wrote on Twitter on Dec. 11.

“What should our @NationalZoo porcupette’s name be?,” the museum added, including a poll for followers to vote through. “His parents are Quillber (!) and Beatrix, should that affect your choice.”

What should our @NationalZoo porcupette's name be? (No, we're not taking write-ins and Quilly McQuillface is not an option.) His parents are Quillber (!) and Beatrix, should that affect your choice.

— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) December 11, 2019

While zoo officials said Quilly McQuillface was not an option, they did let the public choose from either Quilliam, Quillson, Prickles or Gonzo. The first name took home the most votes with 43.4 percent approval, while Prickles finished in second place with 26.6 percent.

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“We’ll get right to the point: Our @NationalZoo porcupette’s name will be Quilliam! Thanks to all who voted and while we know we said no write-ins, shout-out to all of you who suggested quill․i․am,” the Smithsonian updated its followers on Dec. 13.

Meet…Quilliam!