The Exmoor National Park in England has discovered its first baby beaver for the first time in 400 years! The 6-week-old beaver, known as a kit, has been named Rashford in honour of Manchester United player Marcus Rashford, who recently suffered racist abuse following England’s defeat against Italy in the EURO Final.
From over 500 suggestions, Rashford has been voted the name of the new kit, in honour of @MarcusRashford. As nature's engineers, beavers can help tackle the biodiversity and climate crisis. We hope to watch Rashford thrive in the future, and Marcus is welcome to visit any time🌿 https://t.co/QEJwsnJbDe pic.twitter.com/s6aZNodFKs
— National Trust (@nationaltrust) July 15, 2021
Rashford was recently found on the Holnicote Estate in Somerset, National Trust, which is a conservation charity that runs the historic site within the park. A static camera managed to capture the kit swimming on its mama’s back…how adorable is that?!
Following the loveable discovery, the National Trust created a survey to determine the kit’s name, who was born to a beaver nicknamed Grylls. After receiving over 500 suggestions, the organization narrowed it down to four names — Hope, Rashford, Banksy, and Pip — and had their Twitter followers have the final vote.
In the end, Rashford won with 49 percent of the votes. The National Trust then took to Twitter, sharing, ‘As nature’s engineers, beavers can help tackle the biodiversity and climate crisis. We hope to watch Rashford thrive in the future, and Marcus is welcome to visit any time’.
Beavers were once native to Exmoor but were hunted to extinction during the 16th century. The National Trust then reintroduced beavers back into the area in 2020 and since then, the mammals have ‘been playing a new and vital role in watercourse and flood management on the estate and creating an environment that is attracting more wildlife and diversity of species,’ as per a press release.
As a representative explained, ‘The family should now stay together for the next two years before the kit will naturally want to go off to create a new territory of its own’.