Baby beaver named after footballer Marcus Rashford by popular vote
First there were public calls for a £200m polar research vessel to be called Boaty McBoatface, which the powers that be sadly turned down.
This time the National Trust has honoured the results of a poll to name a baby beaver after the footballer Marcus Rashford.
The choice of name was opened up to the public on Tuesday after the first kit, or baby beaver, was born on Exmoor in 400 years as part of the charity’s celebration of England reaching the Euro 2020 final. The name Rashford received 49.9% of the votes cast. Banksy came second, with 17% of the vote, followed by Hope and Pip each with about 16%.
Rashford’s birth follows the successful reintroduction of two adult beavers, Grylls and Yogi, to Exmoor in January 2020.
Ben Eardley, the project manager for the National Trust on the Holnicote estate, said they had been overwhelmed with interest in their latest addition to the beaver family.