Tampa, Florida -- A one-month-old pigmy hippopotamus got her Christmas gift early when staff at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo gave the calf her name.

After an online naming contest launched back in November with the three names "Zawadi", "Zola" and "Zuri" up on the chopping block, the Zoo revealed the winning name today was "Zola".

Photo Gallery:Baby hippo at Lowry Park Zoo gets a name

The African name meaning "to love" beat out the others with more than 3,100 unique votes cast.

Zola was born on Nov. 15 to second time mother "Zsa Zsa" and is only the second hippo born in the Zoo's history. Pigmy hippos are classified as an endangered species.

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