Thursday, November 7, 2013

This cute little panda cub needs a name, and the National Zoo wants your helping picking one!

The cub was born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on August 23, 2013 and is part of the successful giant panda partnership between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America.

5 names (Chinese of course) have been proposed by U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke and family, PRC Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, National Zoo giant panda keepers, Wolong giant panda keepers (where she will move when she turns four years old) and the Friends of the National Zoo.

Adorable footage of the cub being born as well as highlights from the National Zoo's "Panda Cam" can be found below.

Voting will be open until November 22nd as it is Chinese tradition to celebrate the name of a new life on the 100th day. You can vote by clicking here, but make sure to scroll down and read explanations of the potential names from NPR. (And check out the video to see the little one in action)

NPR's Beijing correspondent Anthony Kuhn gives us a little more insight into the potential names:

  •  Bao Bao (宝宝) (bow-BOW) — Precious, treasure. "Bao means treasure and when you say 'Bao Bao,' it usually means baby, as in 'Bao Bao's diapers need changing [or] Bao Bao is hungry,' " Anthony says.
  •  Ling Hua (玲花) (ling-HWA) — Darling, delicate flower. "Ling is actually the sound you make when you plink a piece of jade," says Anthony. It also happens to be the name of a wildly popular Chinese pop singer.
  • Long Yun (龙韵) (long-YOON) — Long is the Chinese symbol for dragon and "yun" is a pleasing sound, something that rhymes. It translates roughly as "the sound of the dragon," Anthony says, which is meant to be "auspicious, not scary."
  • Mulan (木兰) (moo-LAHN) — Legendary young woman, a smart and brave Chinese warrior from the fifth century — "the legendary woman warrior who dressed as a man to join the army," Anthony says. Also, the name for the magnolia flower in China and the United States.
  • Zhen Bao (珍宝) (jen-BAO) — Treasure, valuable. "Zhen Bao is close to Bao Bao," Anthony says. "Zhen also means something precious. So, they are both very close, but it doesn't have the same meaning as baby."


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