- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Voting has opened to name the National Zoo’s giant panda cub.

Following Chinese tradition, the cub is set to be named when it is 100 days old and zoo officials have asked for the public’s input on the name for the young panda. The name is scheduled to be announced Dec. 1.

The public can vote on the zoo website for one of five Mandarin Chinese names:

Bao Bao: precious, treasure

Ling Hua: darling, delicate flower

Long Yun: long is the Chinese symbol of the dragon, yun means charming. Combined the name suggests luck for panda cooperation between China and the United States

Mulan: a young woman, smart and brave Chinese warrior from the fifth century, magnolia flower

Zhen Bao: treasure, valuable

The cub was born Aug. 23 to mother Mei Xiang, and panda keepers said the cub is rapidly developing and gaining weight as she grows.

The names were submitted by the 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.

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