Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Corbett names new sea lion after Sophie Masloff
Monday, August 08, 2011

Gov. Tom Corbett today named the newest addition to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium -- Sophie the Sea Lion.

Shortly after the sea lion was born in June, zoo officials asked Mr. Corbett to name the animal, suggesting that he select a name that would bring to mind the governor's hometown. The pup will be moving with her mother, Callie, to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. next spring.

"As a lifelong Pittsburgher, I can't think of a single name that evokes the spirit of this town the way 'Sophie' does," Mr. Corbett said in a news release, explaining that he chose the name in honor of former Mayor Sophie Masloff.

"Sophie Masloff isn't just one of Pittsburgh's best-loved people," Mr. Corbett added, "She is a civic institution, the smiling face and straight-on voice of a big small town."

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