A macaque named after Britain's Princess Charlotte won a monkey popularity contest for the second year in a row, a zoo in Oita Prefecture said Wednesday.
The most popular monkey competition was held at Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, Fuji TV reported. Winners for both genders were chosen after a public vote. Charlotte, a one-year-old macaque, received 762 of 1,976 votes cast online and by visitors to the park. The best-looking male monkey was chosen out of three living monkeys and 13 deceased monkeys. The winner was the "legendary boss monkey" Bentsu, who became the leader of two different groups. He died in 2014 after going missing the previous year.
A total of 32 monkeys -- 16 females and 16 males -- were runners-up in the competition, being held for the second time.
A zookeeper told reporters that Charlotte's popularity was due to her controversial naming after the UK princess, and Bentsu remains strongly popular due to his charisma even after his death. The voting period was from Dec 23, 2016 until Jan 22.
The zoo was initially criticized for naming the macaque Charlotte because some people thought it was disrespectful to the young British princess. However, the zoo discussed the issue with the British embassy which said there would be no problem.© Japan Today