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Louis - the newborn stingray named after the Royal Baby

The two new Louis Credit: PA/National Sea Life Centre

A newborn baby stingray, who was discovered by keepers at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham shortly after the Duchess of Cambridge went into labour, has been named Louis, after the new Royal Baby.

The Duke and Duchess' second son was born on Monday at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Yesterday, it was announced that they would name him Louis, and that he would be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.

The new prince is fifth in line to the throne. Stingray Louis is an endangered blue-spotted variety.

Jonny Rudd, the curator at the centre, said it was only fitting to name their precious new arrival after the new Royal baby. He hopes it will highlight the plight of the endangered species.

We were thrilled to discover a baby stingray on the same day as the birth of the royal baby this week. It’s not every day you’re born at the same time as a royal!’

The birth at the Birmingham based aquarium is a huge success due to the threatened nature of the species, and the team at the aquarium are hoping the name will help raise awareness of the difficulties they face.

Unfortunately the species are threatened by many dangers such as overfishing, exploitation and the destruction of coral reefs. We are trying to highlight these issues to try and prevent further problems for this species that are sadly affected.

– Jonny Rudd, Curator at the National Sea Life Centre