Chompitoulas? Name the Audubon Aquarium's new white alligator

Chompitoulas? Name the Audubon Aquarium's new white alligator

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - There's another ballot for you to consider this election season, but it's not for public office.

You can vote on the name for the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas' new white alligator. Voting begins Friday at 4:30 p.m. and ends Saturday, October 31 at 11:59 p.m. The three name options are Pirogue, Cocodril and Chompitoulas.

You can cast your vote by completing a form at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or click here.

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 gators that have this condition. As with all white animals, they are very vulnerable to the sun and predators.

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