Another ballot measure: Name the panda cub
November 5th, 2013
02:54 PM ET
10 months ago

Another ballot measure: Name the panda cub

Washington (CNN) – She's cute, she's fluffy and now she wants your vote as the Smithsonian's National Zoo invites Americans to cast one more ballot on Election Day to name the Giant Panda cub.

Online voting on Smithsonian.com opened Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET and will run until November 22. According to a statement from the National Zoo, the cub's name will be unveiled December 1, the date when the cub will be 100 days old and when babies are celebrated in Chinese culture.

According to the statement, voters will have one of five Mandarin Chinese names to pick from:

· "Bao Bao (宝宝) – precious, treasure. (bow-BOW)"

· "Ling Hua (玲花) – darling, delicate flower. (ling-HWA)"

· "Long Yun (龙韵) – 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 U.S. (long-YOON)"

· "Mulan (木兰) – a legendary young woman, a smart and brave Chinese warrior from the fifth century; it also means magnolia flower in Chinese. (moo-LAHN)"

· "Zhen Bao (珍宝) – treasure, valuable. (jen-BAO)"

The potential names were submitted by China's ambassador to the United States, the U.S. ambassador to China, panda keepers at the National Zoo and their Chinese counterparts and Friends of the National Zoo.

Now five months old, the once five-ounce cub weighs in at 8.14 pounds and has opened her eyes and begun to crawl.

Visitors will be able to see her outside the much-trafficked web cams when she makes her public debut sometime next year. She'll be sent back to China at age four for the giant panda breeding program there.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Uh oh...nothing gets the GOP/Teatrolls riled up like something half white and half black being the subject of an election....

    November 5, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Wow. There is something about baby animals that has universal appeal. A fluff piece, but a nice one.

    November 5, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Tom Paine

    Your comment (and the photo) put a smile on my face!

    November 5, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I'm voting for "mulan". It reminds of a character, O-Lan, in one of my favorite books as a kid. "The Good Earth".

    November 5, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    If the bear is a Pander Bear, we should call it 'Rubio.'

    November 5, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. roro

    I think OREO would be a perfect name.

    November 5, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Rachel Coddington

    I think the name should be bao bao because it means precious Treasure and you kinda get my point now the cub is treasure forever!!!! Ps.... I love pandas ....!!!!!!

    November 5, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |