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First baby born in shrinking Spanish village in 45 years

April 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

LOS GILES, Spain, April 28 (UPI) -- A woman in Spain recently gave birth to the first child born in the village of Los Giles in 45 years, causing a stir in the village.

First-time parents Beatriz and Iker gave birth to Ainara in the village in Spain's Almeria province three weeks ago, thinkSPAIN reported.

The couple has lived all over Spain but settled in Los Giles so their child could grow up close to her maternal grandparents and "grow up close to nature," the couple said.

Los Giles has a predominantly older population as no one in the village of about 60 people has given birth since 1968.

Beatriz and Iker say they take Ainara on daily walks in the village so the older residents can meet her.

"Everyone's really pleased -- this is a celebration," one Los Giles resident said.

Ainara has been held by nearly all of the village's residents and neighbors constantly stop by the family's home to visit, her parents said.

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