01/11/2016 12:19 EST

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

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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