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Prince Louis: Newborn stingray named after royal baby

By David Cosgrove | Attractions | Published: | Last Updated:

A stingray born on the same day as the newest member of the royal family has been named after the child.

The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham has honoured the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge by naming their own newborn endangered blue-spotted stingray after him.

The baby stingray was discovered by keepers at the aquarium shortly after the Duchess of Cambridge was announced to be in labour.

Curator Jonny Rudd said: "We were thrilled to discover a baby stingray on the same day as the birth of the royal baby this week.

"It seemed only fitting that we name the little one after HRH Prince Louis – after all, it’s not every day you’re born at the same time as a royal."

The birth at the Birmingham based aquarium has been hailed as a huge success due to the threatened nature of the species.

The team at the aquarium are hoping the name will help raise awareness of the difficulties they face.

Mr Rudd added: "Unfortunately the species are threatened by many dangers such as overfishing, exploitation and the destruction of coral reefs.

"We are trying to highlight these issues to try and prevent further problems for this species that are sadly affected."

Baby Louis the blue-spotted stingray will soon be on display in the aquarium’s 'Behind the Scene's area, included in the attraction’s best value ticket.

For more information on the work Sea Life is doing to preserve the oceans and the creatures within them, including working with their nominated charity the Sea Life Trust, visit: www.sealife.co.uk/birmingham

David Cosgrove

By David Cosgrove
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