BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – The results are in, and after a tight race, the two-toed sloth Rhubarb has officially been elected as Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo mayor.
The race for mayor was neck-and-neck between Rhubarb and the Maned Wolf, Goncalo. However, in the end, voters decided to go with the sloth’s unusual – and sometimes upside down – perspective. He promised to be a great mayor for all of the animals at the zoo.
So, how will he run the zoo? Rhubarb insists that a slow-paced life is an excellent survival strategy. He’ll spend most of his term hanging in trees — and of course, eating some leafy greens.
All other candidates have conceded; candidates included Azriel the Common Raven, Gantry the Sandhill Crane, Goncalo the Maned Wolf, and Darwin the Gopher Tortoise. Previous Mayor Harry the Guinea Hog promises a “smooth transfer of power.”
“We’re all behind Rhubarb as our new mayor, but the real winner of this election is the Zoo,” Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said in a statement. “We thank everyone who voted for their generosity in supporting this fundraiser.”
The zoo promised details regarding Rhubarb’s swearing-in ceremony soon ahead of his 12-month term.
All voting was conducted online for $1 per vote, with all donations supporting the zoo’s mission of conservation, education, research, and above all, fun.
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