Public picks new name for new sea lion pup at Omaha zoo

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A weeks-old sea lion pup at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has a new name.

In a contest, the public recently picked the name "Raiden" for the new California sea lion, born at the zoo on June 17. In Japanese mythology, Raiden is the god of thunder and lightning. The name is apt, as the pup was born on a stormy night that wreaked havoc on much of the metro area.

The zoo selected several names on which the public voted. The selections, besides Raiden, included Thor, Bolt, Storm, Rain and Cyclone.

"Raiden" won with 34 percent of the vote.

Raiden is currently on display with his parents at the zoo's Owen Sea Lion Pavilion pool.