Columbus Zoo names new snake Hanna, named after its Director Emeritus (Photo)

By on Dec 19, 2010 in Animals, United States, Weird Comments

Ohio, USA – The new snake at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, has now a name, Hanna, apparently named after its ‘Director Emeritus’, Jack Hanna, according to a press release on its official website on Friday.

As published at, the zoo’s new reticulated python (see photo below), which arrived on November 16, 2010, has been named after its ‘Director Emeritus’, the world’s most famous zookeeper, Jack Hanna, also known as ‘Jungle Jack’.

The announcement came in after a naming contest was held through its Facebook page which was launched on November 30, 2010 and ended on December 16 midnight.

According to its report, around 1,250 names were submitted wherein the top five finalists include Buffy, Fuzzy, Hanna, Nagini (from Harry Potter) and Sissy.

After the final votes were counted, Hanna landed on the top which had 816 votes, with Fuzzy at the second place which had 74 votes.

The winning entry was first submitted by Jenny Bronson of Dublin, Ohio and then by Kristin Cook of Westerville, Ohio.

Each of them received four Gold Memberships to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium which includes the 2011 Zoombezi Bay season.

“Sometimes I get all wrapped up in my work, but this news really chokes me up.” Director Emeritus Jack Hanna told the press release.

“But seriously, we are happy to be able to bring this wonderful new snake to our community.” Mr. Hanna said, while he thanked everyone who participated in the contest and all the Facebook followers of the zoo.

Incidentally, Hanna’s mother is the world famous snake, ‘Fluffy‘, which was declared by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest snake.

Fluffy’ is 24 feet long and weighs 300 pounds, and died in October 15, 2010 due to ovary mass.

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