Gov. Tom Corbett steadies former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff as she receives a kiss from Maggie, a sea lion at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The govenor was asked to name a sea lion pup born June 10 -- he chose the name Sophie in honor of the Ms. Masloff.
Gov. Tom Corbett today named the newest addition to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium -- Sophie the Sea Lion.
Shortly after the sea lion was born in June, zoo officials asked Mr. Corbett to name the animal, suggesting that he select a name that would bring to mind the governor's hometown. The pup, pictured at the left, will be moving with her mother, Callie, to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. next spring.
"As a lifelong Pittsburgher, I can't think of a single name that evokes the spirit of this town the way 'Sophie' does," Mr. Corbett said in a news release, explaining that he chose the name in honor of former Mayor Sophie Masloff.
"Sophie Masloff isn't just one of Pittsburgh's best-loved people," Mr. Corbett added, "She is a civic institution, the smiling face and straight-on voice of a big small town."