- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Lincoln Children’s Zoo has announced the names of its red panda twins after a nationwide contest.

The zoo has named the cubs Carson and Willa after famous Nebraskans Johnny Carson and Willa Cather. More than 2,000 suggestions were submitted from across the nation in a Facebook contest hosted by the zoo. A Lincoln resident submitted the winning suggestions.

The pandas were born at the zoo in July and now weigh about four pounds. Zoo officials say there are about 200 of the endangered pandas living in captivity in North America.

The zoo closes for the season on Sunday and Carson and Willa likely won’t be on display until the spring.

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