NZ competition to name baby albatross

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A royal albatross chick in New Zealand has hit headlines around the world as it has no name.

To solve the problem a competition has been held to name the the seven-month-old female.

Name ideas have been flowing in for the bird. The most popular name so far is Dr Ashley Bloomfield – New Zealand’s popular health director who is credited with helping guide the country through coronavirus.

Another popular name is Chicky McChickface, in tribute to the famed Boaty McBoatface campaign.

Regardless of the chick’s name, it will be an ambassador for its kind, which faces a range of threats and challenges including impacts from fishing and plastic pollution.

The albatross has lived her whole life on Pukekura/Taiaroa Head in New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula, but will soon head off on a journey to South America.

The competition for the name has closed and DOC are expected to come out with a result in the next few days.

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