Hello Ebony Leila! Children from Park School paid a visit to see Blackpool Zoo’s newest arrival, a reindeer calf, and christen her after choosing her name.
The children decided on the name Ebony Leila, which means Black Beauty, after reading about the baby.
The Gazette was inundated with suggestions on what to call the reindeer, with Ebony and Leila proving popular among other readers, while May was also suggested by dozens too.
But May is so popular it’s already been given to a reindeer at the zoo – Ebony’s mother April has a sister with the name, so called after the month in which she was born, just as reader’s suggested Ebony should be.
Instead members of the Whitegate Drive school’s ICT club took inspiration from her colouring and look.
Teacher Amanda Docherty said: “We decided on Ebony and Leila, which means the dark one, or the black one.”
Georgia Curley, 13 and Erin Hargrave, 16, from the club were invited to Blackpool Zoo to meet the newly named reindeer on Thursday evening.
Georgia said: “When we won the competition to go to the zoo it was exciting.
“I couldn’t wait to see Ebony.”
And Erin said: “We picked the name Ebony Leila as this meant Black Beauty.”
Amanda added: “It was a brilliant visit.
“The girls got as near as they could to the reindeer and able to watch as they were being fed and they absolutely loved it.”
The girls yesterday shared their story of the visit in a school assembly.
Pick of names suggested for reindeer calf
After asking readers to suggest names for Blackpool Zoo’s baby reindeer The Gazette was inundated with imaginative suggestions for the calf. Here are some of the best:
Eileen Roth and Karl Thompson also suggested the name Ebony based on its colouring.
Chloe Parr, 13, also thought naming the calf based on its look would be good. She said: “I think Katala would be a lovely name – it means dark in Finnish.”
The second most popular name was May, suggested by nine-year-old Angel Flint, Sandy Dunne, and Allyson Hoyle and her twin grandsons Marshall and Marley.
Allyson said: “This is because she was born in May and because her mum has a month of the year for her name – keep it in the family maybe.”
Similar to May, Gwenda Harris hoped to name her Maisie, while Jane Robertson wanted Renee and Eileen Dixon wanted Bella.
Karen Mayor hoped to name the reindeer after her two-year-old Leila, who loves visiting the zoo.