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Akron Zoo’s new octopus latches onto name ‘Nani’

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AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Zoo’s new giant Pacific octopus made no bones about claiming as her own a name that means “beautiful” in Thursday’s final act of a naming contest that had netted 1,400 suggestions.

The 10-pound female octopus that reaches about 4 feet long from “tip to tip” grasped the first of three small pumpkins to slip out of a larger plastic jack-o’-lantern. She kept the one that read “Nani” — the perfect Hawaiian word to describe her — before discarding the rest.

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