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The newest panda at the National Zoo. (Photo courtesy National Zoo.)
The newest panda at the National Zoo. (Photo courtesy National Zoo.)
That tiny little panda born in August at the National Zoo is still nameless.

But not for long. 

On Dec. 1, the National Zoo will announce the name of the not-so-little-anymore panda. That's in keeping with the Chinese tradition to celebrate the name of a new life on the 100th day of life.


With the National Zoo located right in the heart of Washington, DC, zoo officials have turned to democracy to decide what to call the not-so-little-anymore cub.

That's democracy with one caveat: It has to be one of these names:

Bao Bao:
 Precious, treasure. Boa Boa

Ling Hua: Darling, delicate flower. Ling Hua

Long Yun: Long is the Chinese symbol of the dragon; Yun means charming. Combined this represents a sign of luck for panda cooperation between China and the United States. Long Yun

Mulan: Legendary young woman, a smart and brave Chinese warrior from the fifth century; also the name for the magnolia flower in China and the United States. Mulan

Zhen Bao: Treasure, valuable.

Don't worry if you can't pronounce the names. The National Zoo website has spoken pronunciations with its voting ballot.

The zoo will hold a public ceremony at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1 to announce the name.

Emma Gilbreath November 26, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I vote for Bao Bao She is so precious. Pandas have been my favorite animal for many, many years.
Noreen Anderson November 27, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Mulan is a good strong name
Seher Bhatti Fairfax Examiner November 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I like Bao Bao too.
Sandra Scott November 27, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Bao Bao. (Sweet as can be.)

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