A Polish village is reportedly offering a reward for the birth of a baby boy after more than a decade of only girls being born there.
Rajmund Frischko, the mayor of Miejsce Odrzańskie, which has a population of approximately 300, told a local news outlet that no baby boys have been born there since 2009. In that time, there have been 12 births, and all of them have been girls.
“I think the situation is unusual and it is worth trying to find out why,” Frischko told TVP1.
“For my part, I have decided to reward the parents of the first boy born,” he continued. “I will not reveal exactly how, but I assure you that the gift will be attractive.”
The mayor said the anomaly has drawn attention from scientists and news outlets all over the world. He told The New York Times that he was considering naming a street after the baby boy and that the city will definitely “plant an oak and name it after him.”
“Some scientists have expressed interest in examining why only girls have been born here,” Frischko said. “I also have doctors calling me from all over the country with tips on how to conceive a boy."
The lack of boys drew attention earlier this year after the village sent an all-girl team of young volunteer firefighters to a regional competition. Tomasz Golasz, a professional firefighter in the village, founded the town’s youth fire brigade, and said he has been impressed by their commitment to the after-school activity that usually attracts boys.
“A group of girls approached me in 2013 and asked that I train them for a competition,” Golasz told The New York Times. “These girls live and breathe it. There is so much passion and determination. For two months before every competition, they come to train every day or every other day after school.”
As for the girls themselves, they are appreciative of the “peace and quiet” in the village.
“Boys are noisy and naughty,” 10-year-old Malwina Kicler, who has been training with the volunteer firefighters for three years, told the Times. “At least now we have peace and quiet. You can always meet them somewhere else.”