Help Name the Zoo’s Baby Panda

November 6, 2013

The National Zoo’s panda cub will soon be 100-days-old, which means she needs a name. As in the past, members of the public will help give her said name through the democratic process of voting.

The five Mandarin Chinese name choices are Bao Bao (bow-BOW), meaning precious, treasure; Ling Hua (ling-HWA), darling, delicate flower; Long Yun (long-YOON), long being the Chinese symbol of the dragon, yun means charming; Mulan (moo-LAHN), magnolia flower/Disney character; or Zhen Bao (jen-BAO), treasure, valuable.

People’s Republic of China Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke and his family, giant panda keepers at the National Zoo, giant panda keepers from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, and Friends of the National Zoo each submitted a name for the cub.

Voting begins today and ends on November 22. The cub’s name will be revealed on December 1, when she turns 100-days-old.

The panda cub sure has grown up fast since August 23. The spawn of Tian Tian and Mei Xiang now weighs over eight pounds, has started to crawl and open her eyes, and has a head that’s too big to get stuck in between her den’s bars. But before we know it, the cub will be four-years-old and sent to live at the “China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong where she will enter into the giant panda breeding program.”

SOURCE: dcist

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