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“Muriu,” “Maliki,” or “Mazi”? Name Oakland Zoo's Baby Baboon

An East Bay newborn needs a name, and his mom is no help — she's busy caring for the little guy.

The baby baboon was born April 1 at the Oakland Zoo, and has already taken his first steps.

The zoo is celebrating with its first-ever online naming contest — and it's tied to a fundraiser.

Here are the three name choices: "Muriu" meaning "son" in Swahili, "Maliki" or "king” and "Mazi” which means "sir." Each vote costs $2. The money will be spent on the zoo animals.

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