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.
Not sure why this story is on the Ticker, but still too incredibly cute!
Cute little panda baby Bao Bao.
I hear there is another congratulations to Erin Burnett and her husband on their new baby. Great news!
Irresistible, adorable Bao Bao! May you and your kind have a long and prosperous life on this Earth.
Ohhhhh my gosh! What a precious darling she is!
So they have a boo-boo, did they already have a yogi?
I'm not at all sure why Pandas must have a chinese name, but at least Bao Bao is close to Boo Boo.
So my vote for naming the panda "ObamaBear" didn't count!
What? They didn't name it after their precious obama???
They failed to show the last choice on the list:
Oba Ma – "Foolish Delusion"
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.
Bao Bao is soooo adorable! I want to touch her fuzzy tummy.
@ WTHWTH – HILARIOUS!!! Agree with you and love it.
What a cutie.
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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.
glad they didnt vote for Honey Boo Boo
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.
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 -_-.
They should have named it Washanda – a combination of Washington & Panda.
I was surprised they didn't name it BabyHaysoos, so he can become a devout Christian and a true American and achieve immediate salvation.
Should have been named "Sequester" as a reminder of Washington's foolishness!!
What's with all the non-apropos names?
Washington appropriate: "Gridlock"
US/China Appropriate "Scru-u Hui Fliover "
Newt is not even relevant 20 years later
this is like you are naming your baby "Baby".
Why not give heran american name? She is an American now.