National Zoo Names Endangered Gazelle After Fitness Icon


Recently, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. celebrated the birth of an extremely rare dama gazelle. Critically endangered, only a few hundred survive in the African wilds of Chad, Mali and Niger. Zoo staff was extremely heartened by the new arrival and were particularly taken by the little guy’s energy and zest for life.

Because it seemed that the baby gazelle never stopped jumping about (or as it is more correctly termed, “stotting” or “pronging”), he reminded them of another hyperactive, non-stop force of nature — fitness expert Tony Little.

Of course, Tony is an instantly recognizable name in pop culture, known everywhere for his ponytail, boundless enthusiasm and encouraging shouts of “You can do it!” Through his near-constant appearances on television, millions of Americans have been inspired to live healthier lifestyles — eating more healthfully, while getting off the couch and exercising regularly.

Tony was touched when he learned of the gazelle’s birth. Indeed, he had drawn inspiration from the animal’s movements years earlier, when he named his signature exercise product the Gazelle Glider. The normally unflappable fitness icon was deeply moved when told that the calf had been named “Little Tony” — a living testimony to his “never say die” attitude, while embracing a pure joy for living.

“The birth of this amazing young gazelle is cause for great celebration,” said Tony (the man, not the gazelle). “We owe a debt of gratitude to the wonderful people at the National Zoo for their dedication to research, conservation, and education. I encourage all Americans to support their efforts.”

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