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Web Users Choose Name for Zoo's Orangutan

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March 25, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

SAN DIEGO

A newborn Sumatran orangutan at the San Diego Zoo was named Wednesday, thanks to more than 180,000 America Online members who participated in an Internet poll.

The 2 1/2-week-old orangutan will be called Cinta, which means "love and affection" in Bahasa, the language of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The name Cinta got 39% of the vote, which began March 9, followed by Suka, with 22%, meaning "to be fond of"; Merdeka, with 21%, meaning "independent" and "free"; Gembria, with 14%, meaning "glad" and "cheerful"; and Pasti, with 4%, meaning "certain" or "definite."

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