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Canadian Zoo Names Baby Capybaras After Members of Rush

Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson of Rush
Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson of Rush

A zoo in Toronto, Canada has named three baby capybaras after the members of iconic Canadian rock band Rush. The names were decided by a naming contest in which about 45,000 people voted.

Alex, Geddy and Neil were born in February to the zoo’s infamous Bonnie and Clyde, a pair of adult capybaras who became a subject of media interest when they escaped the zoo last year and spent weeks wandering the city of Toronto, eluding authorities.

A capybara is a large rodent that resembles a tail-less beaver. But as Canadian as that sounds, the capybara is actually native to South America and a close relative of the guinea pig.

In a statement on Facebook, Geddy Lee wrote, “Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour! By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses.”

Rush formed in 1968 in the Willowdale neighborhood of Toronto. During their career, the band has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum and 3 multi-platinum albums. They have been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

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