We've got Justin Bieber dolls, 3-D movies, hairstyles, and now (drum roll please)...a beaver?
A beaver in the Bronx has been named "Justin Beaver" after the 16-year-old Canadian pop-R&B singer. The critter was spotted this past September in the Bronx River, only the second since another one first appeared on the scene in 2007 and made headlines. Though the beaver is the state mammal of N.Y., they were absent for more than 200 years from the Bronx due to pollution, deforestation and hunting.
"The second beaver now just reassures us this was not a fluke," said Rep. Jose Serrano, for whom the first beaver was named. "This river is coming back to life."
To honor the arrival of the second beaver — spotted hanging with "Jose" in a part of the river that runs through the Bronx Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society held a contest online to name it. "Justin Beaver" crushed all others.
Other names considered included Bobbie, Chompers, Castor and Wally.
"Everyone that lives and works in the Bronx should be proud of the ecological rebound that the Bronx River has made," said John Calvelli, executive vice president of public affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society to MSNBC. "José and Justin certainly appreciate it.”