Japanese Zoo sorry for naming monkey after Princess
A Japanese zoo has apologised after naming a monkey after Princess Charlotte.
The Mount Takasaki Wild Monkey Park held a vote on the moniker for the baby primate, in keeping with the tradition of letting the public decide on the name for the first Macaque monkey born each year.
While it was announced the Macaque was to be named Charlotte on Wednesday (06.05.15), the zoo has since been forced to apologise after revealing the moniker had had no votes prior to the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s newborn daughter had been named Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on Monday (04.05.15), reports MailOnline.
After being flooded with complaints, a zoo official said: “The name was publicly solicited and Charlotte suddenly became the most popular choice with 59 votes out of the total 853 after the British baby princess’s name was announced.
“There was no vote for ‘Charlotte’ before the Monday night announcement.”
The park – which is situated in southwestern Oita on Kyushu – are now considering renaming the monkey following the barrage of complaints accusing their actions of being “rude to British people”.
The official said: “Since we announced the name we’ve been receiving calls and emails from people mostly complaining that it is rude to British people to give a monkey the same name as a member of their royal family.”