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Six-year-old wins contest to name baby beluga Add to ...

Vancouver's baby beluga has a new name: Tiqa.

The female whale was born in June at the Vancouver Aquarium, which held a contest over the past couple of months to name the calf.

A six-year-old girl who moved to Vancouver from England just days after Tiqa's birth picked the winning name.

Tiqa is an acronym, picked from the words Tuesday, the day of the week the calf was born, and the names of the calf's mother, father and grandmother.

Aquarium spokesman Kent Hurl says the girl watched the birth on the aquarium's webcam from England, and her family bought a membership after arriving in Vancouver.

Mr. Hurl says Tiqa - who suffered an infection weeks after she was born - is in good health, nursing well and gaining weight.

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