The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced the winning name for its new python last week: Hanna.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced the winning name for its new python last week: Hanna.

The name honors Columbus Zoo director emeritus Jack Hanna and was first suggested by Jenny Bronson, who won four individual gold passes to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The zoo began the naming contest for its new python on Dec. 1 when it took name suggestions via Facebook. Fans suggested 1,248 different names for the python.

After the first portion of the contest ended on Dec. 7, zoo staff members chose five finalist names (Buffy, Fuzzy, Hanna, Nagini and Sissy) and another round of voting on Facebook took place from Dec. 10 to 17.

Hanna garnered 816 votes and Fuzzy came in a close second with 794 votes.

Nagini was the third most popular name with 356 votes and Buffy took 290 votes. Sissy trailed with 57 votes.

Hanna is the newest addition to the zoo, and is the daughter of reticulated python Fluffy, who held the Guinness World Record as the longest snake.

Fluffy died of an apparent tumor on her ovary in October. After learning that a breeder had Fluffy's daughter, the zoo procured the 200-pound, 18 foot long python.

Hanna, who hatched in 1998, is currently on display in her mother's former habitat in the Asia Quest region of the zoo.

- Jennifer Noblit