Miri: pool's new star attraction

DONNA Lee-Houghton is comfortable delivering babies but naming them is something new.

The Coffs Harbour midwife was one of 600 people who entered last week's competition to name the beautiful baby seal born recently at the Pet Porpoise Pool.

Knowing the pup would become the new star attraction, the Coffs Coast Advocate reader came up with an Aboriginal word for star: Miri.

“As a midwife I've helped name plenty of babies in my time - but naming a baby seal is definitely a first,” she said.

“I wanted something really Australian and something that was respectful to the Aboriginal community - and I thought she's definitely going to be the new star of the Pet Porpoise Pool.” Chief executive officer at the Pet Porpoise Pool, Paige Sinclair, said it came down to a vote.

“I think we had more than 600 entries, so we cut them down to a shortlist and then the trainers voted on what they liked. Miri came out on top,” she said. “Miri is great because it's two syllables and easily recognised, and her mother's name was Maxine.”

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