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Monkey will be called Charlotte despite protest

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A female baby monkey named Charlotte is held by its mother at the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden in Oita, southwestern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on May 8, 2015. (REUTERS/Kyodo)

A female baby monkey named Charlotte is held by its mother at the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden in Oita, southwestern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on May 8, 2015. (REUTERS/Kyodo)

A Japanese zoo that apologized for naming a baby monkey Charlotte after some complained it was disrespectful to the newborn British princess said Friday the macaque will keep the name because the royal family didn't object.

Mount Takasaki Wild Monkey Park received 853 votes on what to name the baby monkey. There was a surge of votes for the name Charlotte after the birth of the princess to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

But zoo officials told the BBC they received more than 300 calls and e-mails from people earlier in the week claiming it was offensive to the British people to name a monkey after their princess.

Despite the apology, the name isn't going to change.

"We have decided to respect the feelings of the people who voted for the name to congratulate the birth of the princess," city spokesman Kazuyuki Adachi told The Associates Press.

Even the mayor chimed in to support the original name.

"I think the public gave it the very pretty name Charlotte, and I don't think there is any problem with it, so we'll go with Charlotte," Mayor Kiichiro Sato told reporters.


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