K-Pop fans continue to amaze the world with every single thing they would voluntarily do for their very own biases.
Just recently, K-Pop fans have remarkably pushed all their efforts to raise more than $2,000 to name a baby deer at the Los Angeles Zoo after their favorite doe-eyed singer, Haechan, member of K-pop group NCT and its two subgroups, NCT 127 and NCT Dream.
Billboard reported that although the pudu debuted in the media last Thursday, he has already been on public display after his birth on December 19. Native to Chile and Argentina, southern pudus are some of the smallest deer in the world and are considered near-threatened.
According to NBC Los Angeles, donors typically name animals born at the zoo. However, after tweeting about the newborn pudu, the zoo realized Haechan’s fans had long thought the 18-year-old resembled the tiny deer.
“It was immediate.. People started saying, ‘You’ve got to name the pudu Haechan. He looks just like Haechan.’ We don’t really know how the nickname started except that Haechan’s cute and pudus are cute” ~ Katherine Spada, the zoo’s social media manager
Spada added that the zoo had no idea who Haechan or NCT was but started researching.
According to SBS, the donation goal was achieved within three hours. Billboard said that taking inspiration from a Tumblr dedicated to the similarities between the singer and the fawn, the zoo then posted images of the pudu next to photos of Haechan, including two in which both human and animal similarly have one of their limbs raised, the deer its hind leg and the teen star his arm in a dance move on stage.
The zoo wrote that if fans raised $2,000 to go toward conservation work, the pudu would be named Haechan. The post was retweeted and liked more than 28,000 times and the money was raised within three hours.
The zoo invited Haechan to visit his namesake but the singer has not indicated whether he plans to do so. Haechan has been recovering from fracturing his shin bone during practice in December, according to Billboard.
And fans have also been sharing the good news online, see their posts below:
This development has likewise became a very informative breaking news for the most of us who do not even know what a pudu was before one of them was named after a K-Pop star.
NCT, which stands for Neo Culture Technology, debuted in 2016 and is designed to have an unlimited number of members, with subgroups based in various cities. Its Seoul-based subgroup, NCT 127, released their first full-length album, Regular-Irregular, in October and performed its new single “Regular” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the same month. Just last weekend, NCT 127 concluded their first solo concert, “NEO CITY: SEOUL – The Origin”, which sadly did not include Haechan due to his injury.