Staff at a top Scottish zoo have announced an adorable Scottish name for one of their new arrivals.

The rare giant baby cloud rat was born at the zoo in April and keepers asked for the public's help to name her.

After followers of the zoo’s social media platforms were invited to suggest names for the youngster, the team settled on Thistle.

The name follows on from the naming convention for mum Taba and dad Toby, whose names also start with a 'T', but with an added Scottish twist for the cute female pup, with a tribute to Scotland’s national flower.

Meet Thistle
Meet Thistle

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Delighted keepers at Edinburgh Zoo posted a few pics of the cute little female fluffball, which will join her The Northern Luzon giant cloud rat family, also known as a mischief, in Edinburgh Zoo’s Magic Forrest

Other name suggestions included Hiraya, which comes from Filipino and means to reach for one's dreams and aspirations, and Manila, to go with the Luzon theme.

Other names proposed were April (for the month she was born), Ambon (Filipino for Mist), Tala (the name of the goddess of stars in the Philippines) and Bespin (as in Bespin cloud city in Star Wars).

Known as bu-ot in Filipino, the large fluffy rodents are nocturnal and live in the forests of Northern Luzon (an island in the Philippines). This is the only place in the world where the species can be found in the wild.

Arboreal, they spend most of their lives in trees and are currently under threat in their native habitat due to deforestation and hunting.

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