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Countywide : Call Them Anything But ‘Speedbump’

A pair of foxes that found living in the path of the Costa Mesa Freeway will be named “Foxy” and “Roxy.”

Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez chose the names from more than 500 entries in the contest to name the pair of 7-month-old foxes that were part of a family that had been living near a soon-to-be-opened freeway off-ramp.

“There were so many that were cute, (but) I’d have to say one of the temptations was ‘Speedbump,’ ” Vasquez said of the entries.

Other suggestions included “Farrah Fox,” “Honk and Crash,” “Pete Wilson,” “Skidmark” and “Costa and Mesa.”

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But in the end, “Foxy was the No. 1 vote-getter. That was submitted more than any other name,” Vasquez said, noting that “Roxy” was also a popular choice.

“It flows well together . . . and they’re easy to remember and appropriate,” he added.

The foxes will be officially named and moved into their new habitat at the Orange County Zoo tonight when the Zoological Society of Orange County holds a fund-raising dinner in Irvine Regional Park. Admission is $35 per adult and free for children under 10, with proceeds benefiting the zoo. For ticket information, call (714) 532-2634.


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