SF Zoo's New Tiger Cub Named After Literary Agent

Cost to name the tiger? $47,000

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, May 15, 2013  |  Updated 6:57 PM PDT
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To be memorialized with a tiger cub, all you need is a little bit of chutzpah and to be in the right place at the right time.

With $47,000 to burn.

That's the lesson of Jillian, the San Francisco Zoo's new Sumatran tiger cub. Jillian bears the name of Jillian Manus, a literary agent who shelled out $47,000 for the right to name the cub at a charity event, according to the San Francisco Appeal online newspaper.

No less a luminary than Robin Williams took the lead in getting the tiger named at the May 11 ZooFest fundraising event, according to reports.

"Let’s get a name for this tiger," the comedian said. "But you’ve got to pay to name the puss."

Naming rights for the cub went for $47,000; while the name of a Komodo Dragon went for $25,000, the newspaper reported.

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