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Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 4:13pm

Empty out those thinktanks, there's a baby Bison who needs a name!

Yesterday Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of a female European bison calf who was born on 2 June to first-time mother Red and father Hyssop.

Now the little girl needs a name and Fota Wildlife Park is turning to the public for help.

Not only does the winner get the honour of naming the bison calf but they also will win a yearlong Conservation Membership.

The young calf joins the 13-strong herd including her father Hyssop who joined the herd two years ago from Port Lympne as part of the European breeding program.

Lead Ranger Aidan Rafferty commented on the birth: “We’re delighted with our new addition to the European Bison herd and Red and calf are both doing great – as a first time mother she’s adapting to her new calf very well, she’s very protective of her and they both are taking to suckling with ease.

"The European bison is currently listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Vulnerable due to its small population size and Fota participates in the European-wide breeding programme ever since bison first arrived in Cork in 1999.

“A significant number of calves have been born in the years since and many have been sent overseas to aid in programmes being developed elsewhere as well as to the re-introduction programmes where the Fota descendants are now a part of some of the free-ranging herds in Europe.”

For more information or to enter the competition go to

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