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Game of Thrones naming competition for Highland newborns

Keepers at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park have been naming their new Mishimi takin calves after characters from Game of Thrones for the past five years.

However, two new arrivals are yet to be named and so a competition has been launched. It is now down to the public to choose their favourites from four names inspired by the television show before voting closes on Sunday night.

The female calf, born to mum Chimi, will be named Brienne or Yara and the male calf, born to mum Arya, will be named Tyrion or Stark.

Debbie Barclay, hoofstock keeper at the Park and species coordinator for Mishmi takin across Europe, said: “We started naming our Mishmi takin calves after Game of Thrones characters five years ago because lots of the keepers were fans of the show. In the past, we’ve named calves Khaleesi, Snow and Arya.

“They are one of the largest goat-antelope species in the world and it is believed the legend of the golden fleece was inspired by their golden coat. Sadly, the wild population, native to India, Myanmar and China, is decreasing due to habitat loss, competition with other species and hunting, so it’s reassuring to see our herd doing so well.”

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