Voters decide: Panda cub is baby Bao Bao
December 1st, 2013
01:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Voters decide: Panda cub is baby Bao Bao

Washington (CNN) - After a torrid, mud-drenched and bamboo-shoot-filled campaign, all the votes have been counted and the fluffiest member of the National Zoo elite has a name.

After three weeks of voting, the Smithsonian National unveiled the name of the newly christened giant panda cub: Bao Bao.


The public voted on the name via Smithsonian.com. Voting opened on November 5 and closed November 22.

Voters chose from five Mandarin Chinese names:
· "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.
The next step for baby Bao Bao: making her public debut sometime next year.

No word on when Newt Gingrich, known for his fondness for pandas, will visit the newest member of the cuddly caucus.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Not sure why this story is on the Ticker, but still too incredibly cute!

    December 1, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Cute little panda baby Bao Bao.

    I hear there is another congratulations to Erin Burnett and her husband on their new baby. Great news!

    December 1, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Tully

    Irresistible, adorable Bao Bao! May you and your kind have a long and prosperous life on this Earth.

    December 1, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Ciindy

    Ohhhhh my gosh! What a precious darling she is!

    December 1, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Tom

    So they have a boo-boo, did they already have a yogi?

    December 1, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Alicia

    I'm not at all sure why Pandas must have a chinese name, but at least Bao Bao is close to Boo Boo.

    December 1, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Wittepier

    Sooooooo Precious!!

    December 1, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. SpgfldTom

    So my vote for naming the panda "ObamaBear" didn't count!

    December 1, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Ed

    What? They didn't name it after their precious obama???

    December 1, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. WTHWTH

    They failed to show the last choice on the list:

    Oba Ma – "Foolish Delusion"

    December 1, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Robin

    Bao Bao sounds as cute as this little girl panda! Adorable name for an adorable panda. Happy 100 days and more Bao Bao! You are certainly a precious treasure.

    December 1, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Sandra LeVin

    Bao Bao is soooo adorable! I want to touch her fuzzy tummy.

    @ WTHWTH – HILARIOUS!!! Agree with you and love it.

    December 1, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Retired Boomer

    What a cutie.

    December 1, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. benjaminhamada

    Reblogged this on benjaminhamada and commented:
    Well isn't this a spectacle. Luckily it only took 3 weeks of intensive voting to figure out what to name the panda cub. the smithsonian National Zoo named their newest member Bao Bao, meaning precious, treasure. it is nice seeing the media and the culture we exist in caring so much about wildlife and its conservation efforts, but I do feel this is somewhat trivialized and that there is other news that could be more relevant to the onlooking public.

    December 1, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. martin2176

    glad they didnt vote for Honey Boo Boo

    December 1, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The GOP trash is even turning this story into an Obama bashing session. Enjoy the next 3 years and then 8 more years of Hillary.

    December 1, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. justanotherconservative

    Firstly, why is this on political ticker?
    But anyhow, the other names suck anyway so it's pretty obvious why they picked Bao Bao. And wow, people actually voted on a freaking name -_-.

    December 1, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Washanda

    They should have named it Washanda – a combination of Washington & Panda.

    December 1, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. YoLawdJesus

    I was surprised they didn't name it BabyHaysoos, so he can become a devout Christian and a true American and achieve immediate salvation.

    December 1, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. davecu

    Should have been named "Sequester" as a reminder of Washington's foolishness!!

    December 1, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. Stepar

    What's with all the non-apropos names?

    Washington appropriate: "Gridlock"

    US/China Appropriate "Scru-u Hui Fliover "

    December 1, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. don in albuquerque

    Toooooooo Cute!

    December 1, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. johnharry

    Newt is not even relevant 20 years later

    December 1, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  24. Maobiao

    this is like you are naming your baby "Baby".

    December 1, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. ada scott

    Why not give heran american name? She is an American now.

    December 1, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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