US National Zoo panda naming contest

2013-11-06 18:52
A female giant panda and her cub. (Taipei Zoo, AP)

A female giant panda and her cub. (Taipei Zoo, AP)

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Washington - The National Zoo is asking the American public to help name its female giant panda cub by voting for one of five Mandarin Chinese names.

The zoo opened voting on Tuesday online at The winning name will be disclosed 1 December at a naming ceremony when the cub is 100 days old, following Chinese tradition.

The names are Bao Bao, which means precious or treasure; Ling Hua, which means darling or delicate flower; Long Yun, which is a symbol of luck for panda cooperation between the US and China; Mulan ,which was the name of a legendary Chinese warrior woman from the 5th century that means magnolia flower; and Zhen Bao, which means treasure or valuable.

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