UK zoo names white rhino ‘Queenie’ for Elizabeth II

Over her record-breaking reign, Queen Elizabeth II has had many issues named after her. Becoming a member of the checklist is a uncommon white rhino newly born in a British wildlife park. “Queenie” the rhino was born within the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in southern England, and named in honor of the monarch’s seventieth anniversary on the throne. “All of the rhinos listed here are named after very particular individuals and I believe everybody agrees that 2022 will at all times be particular due to Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee,” park chief Reggie Heyworth mentioned. “I assumed it may be a bit presumptuous to name our new child ‘Elizabeth’, so I’ve christened her ‘Queenie’ as a substitute,” he mentioned in a press release launched Saturday.

Numbers of white rhinos have recovered considerably of their native southern Africa after coming beneath safety, however births in captivity stay uncommon, the wildlife park mentioned. The park can also be dwelling to critically endangered Bactrian camels together with one named after the queen’s great-grandson Prince Louis, son of William and Kate. It was born on the identical day because the younger prince in April 2018.

Louis the camel has change into a father for the primary time, the park mentioned. His calves have but to be named. Queenie joins a hen dish, a cake, ships, trains and a number of buildings all over the world named in honour of the monarch. Queen Elizabeth, 95, has been affected by ill-health together with a light bout of Covid, and was compelled to cancel an look at a Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey going down on Monday. – AFP

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