Ocelot kitten makes debut at Oregon Zoo

PORTLAND – After more than three months, the Oregon Zoo’s new ocelot kitten has a name: Rio.

The kitten made his much-anticipated debut Tuesday morning and keepers announced the results of an online voting contest.

Of the 4,408 votes, Rio, which means “river” or “laugh” in Spanish, received more than 2,130 votes. The name Mo came in second with about 1,200 votes and Bonito was third with about 1,000 votes.

The public can now see Rio and his mom and dad in the ocelot exhibit near the zoo’s Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit.

A tip from the keepers: the kitten is more active in the morning and the late afternoon, so those are the best times to visit.

They say the kitten is showing many characteristics of a wild ocelot, including being somewhat nocturnal.

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