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January 13, 1986

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) _ Grab your favorite maggots and get them in training. Bruce Burns is doing it again - promoting Montana’s only maggot race for a second consecutive year.

Burns says the Second Annual Magathon, sponsored by the World Organization of Racing Maggots (WORM) is scheduled March 8-9 at his Barney’s Bar & Cafe in Seeley Lake.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted international media attention.

Burns says he expects even more interest this year since the 1984 event was such a success.

Including timed trials, grudge matches and the final dash-for-the-cash Magathon, the event will be held on Barney’s six-lane, foot-long indoor maggot-racing course.

″It is expected that there will be several new challengers from throughout the United States, Canada and other corners of the world″ because of last year’s success, he said.

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CINCINNATI (AP) - When it comes to naming inhabitants at the Cincinnati Zoo, keepers don’t monkey around with monikers.

Zoo officials say they won’t accept just a ″Willie″ or a ″Sam.″ Rather, they’re trying to put some thought into finding suitable names for the animals.

″A number of years ago I got tired of seeing animals named ‘Fred,’ which is the giraffe’s name, and ‘Ralph,’ which is one of the rhino’s names, and animals named after their keepers’ wives and mothers and girlfriends,″ said curator Bob Lotshaw.

Lotshaw tries to pick a name that fits the animal. For example, the recent delivery of a black rhinoceros prompted workers to name the arrival Sarah. When Lotshaw returned from vacation, he requested a name change to Subabu.

″These are rhinos; they’re not people,″ he explained. ″We now try to name animals with either a catchy name or a name that is derived from their country of origin.″

The zoo has a tradition of matching animals with appropriate or colorful names. There’s been Nap the grizzly bear, Snowball and Snowflake the polar bears, Betsy Ross the bald eagle and Dinkie the mouse.

The zoo’s first animal born from an embryo transfer was named E.T. the eland. A later transfer, using an egg frozen for two years, was called Frosty.

Thane Maynard, assistant curator of education, said some of the best names come from young visitors.

″A lot of these end up being picked by children. We have Julius Squeezer, who is a boa constrictor; Balboa and his cousin, Rocky Balboa, who both are boa constrictors,″ Maynard said.

The kid-named collection also includes Izod the alligator and his less- friendly pal, Chopper.

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