Zoo Named Baby Penguin After Legendary Rocker David Bowie Before His Death

01/11/2016 12:19 EST

Legendary rocker David Bowie maybe gone, but his name will live on, including in the animal kingdom.

When a blue penguin was born a the Cincinnati Zoo on Friday Jan. 8 — the birthday of musicians David Bowie and Elvis Presley — zookeepers decided to name the animal after the ''Heroes'' singer, since they already had a penguin named "King."

Meet Bowie, the first Zoo Baby of 2016! Elvis and Bowie were popular suggestions because today is the birth date of...

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Friday, January 8, 2016

"Bowie's" birth comes just as the zoo is currently celebrating 'Penguin Days,' while fans of the glam-rock singer are mourning his loss.

Bowie was 69 years old when he passed on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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