Teri Wilson
January 12, 2016 11:53 am

We’re all still so saddened by the news of David Bowie’s death, but we’re finding a bit of comfort in a bittersweet twist of fate involving an adorable baby penguin. The little cutie was born at the Cincinnati Zoo on Friday, which happened to be the musical icon’s 69th birthday. The zoo’s Communications Coordinator told CBS News, “Before anything happened, [zookeepers] were playing David Bowie music — they’re huge fans — in the nursery where the penguin was set up.”

So of course when the baby penguin broke out of its shell, only one name seemed suitable —Bowie.

Bowie is a Blue Penguin, which is the smallest variety of the penguin family. In the wake of David Bowie’s death, officials at the zoo say the name has definitely “taken on added meaning.” The special little penguin is the very first baby animal born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016, and so far is doing just great.  

Welcome to the world, little Starman.

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[Images via Twitter.]

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