Chompitoulas chews up votes in naming decision for Aquarium of the Americas' new white alligator

Chompitoulas chews up votes in naming decision for Aquarium of the Americas' new white alligator

New Orleans (WVUE) – We have a winner.  The vote is in and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas' new white alligator will, from here on out, be known as Chompitoulas.

The three names considered were Pirogue, Cocodril and Chompitoulas. Voting ended at midnight on Halloween.

State wildlife agents found the alligator six years ago. Since then, it's been living on the West Bank at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, a private facility.

Audubon's white alligators are leucistic, having a rare genetic condition that reduces the color pigmentation in their skin.

Out of the population of 5 million American alligators, there are thought to be less than 15 that have this condition. As with all white animals, they are very vulnerable to the sun and predators.