MIAMI (AP) — “Bella” is the best!

The name, chosen through an online contest, will be given to the newest resident  hatched in Jungle Island’s flamingo exhibit.

The park said Monday that it had received an overwhelming response to the flamingo naming contest that began last week.

And although they won’t know the sex of the newest member of the flock for a few months, the park decided to go with the name Bella anyway.

Park officials kept a watchful eye on the flamingo during the Memorial weekend after hatching, a process that takes three days.

The winner of the naming contest will receive tickets to the park, as well as a Miami Marlins game. This is the first baby flamingo to hatch this year. Another eight or nine eggs are being incubated. More than 70 flamingos call Jungle Island home.

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