Anook was originally named Shamu and was on her last day at a Ft. Worth shelter. ERU was called and Shamu was picked up and driven to the Shreveport-Bossier area. Shamu was renamed Anook by her foster, Karon, which was an Eskimo derivative of the word "snowflake". Anook was a true Southern Belle but her age (9 or 10 yrs old) had taken a toll on her hearing. She was determined to be about 90% deaf.