Seattle's tusk named 'LuLu the Lucky Lake Union Mammoth'

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 6:20 PM

The name of a 20,000-year-old Mammoth tusk uncovered in Seattle earlier this year was finally revealed Friday. After over 1,000 entries in the contest, the city's newly discovered fossil is officially named "LuLu the Lucky Lake Union Mammoth."

The Burke Museum held the contest to name the fossil unearthed at a construction site at South Lake Union.

The winning name was a combination of two names submitted by a woman and an 8-year-old girl named Zoe. Zoe came up with the "lucky" part of the new name.

"The mammoth has been waiting for thousands of years for it to be found and it was lucky for us to find it," said Zoe.

The woman came up with the LU (of LuLu) part.

"Well she told me it should have some significance to Lake Union," said Gary Graef, husband of contest winner. "And that's the reason why she chose Lake Union - LU, short for Lake Union."

The tusk naming is part of an event to preview the new exhibit,  “Imagine That: Surprise Stories and Amazing Objects from the Burke Museum.” The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through October 26.

Workers at an AMLI construction site in South Lake Union unearthed the Columbian mammoth tusk on Valentine’s Day.
 

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