Meet Tahu: Beardsley Zoo's newest mayor!
Tahu, the river otter, has been elected mayor of Beardsley Zoo.
The election was neck and neck for the last two days between Tahu and Alli, the eastern box turtle, and at the end it came down to a difference of just 15 votes.
Once all votes were counted, Tahu was declared the mayor. The mother of four thanked her supporters and promised to be a mayor for all the animals.
She was honored to be chosen and complimented the other candidates on running a clean campaign.
The highly contested race was decided by online votes, with the public voting for the candidate of their choice by making a $1 donation for each vote. All donations to the ballot box will be used to support the zoo.
"We're all behind Tahu as our new mayor, but the real winner of this election is the Zoo," said zoo Director Gregg Dancho.
The winning mayor will hold a 12-month term.