Last Chance to Name Panda Cub

Votes to name the 12-week-old giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo must be cast by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The San Diego Zoo is asking for the public's help in naming its newest giant panda.

More than 7,000 name suggestions for the male cub born July 29 were submitted to the zoo last month and narrowed to a list of six finalists:

  • Qi Ji, which means Miracle
  • Yu Di, which means Raindrop
  • Da Hai, which means Big Ocean/Big Sea
  • Xiao Liwu, which means Little Gift
  • Yong Er, which means Brave Son
  • Shui Long, which means Water Dragon

To cast your vote, click here.

Votes must be cast by 5 p.m., Oct. 30.

The zoo is following Chinese tradition by naming the male cub after he is 100 days old.

He weighed 7.7 pounds during his weekly examination Tuesday and appears to
be developing normally, according to the zoo.

The San Diego Zoo is one of four in the U.S. that keep giant pandas for research purposes. Around 1,600 are believed to be left in the wild in their native China.

Pandas at the zoo can be viewed 24 hours a day on webcam at sandiegozoo.org/pandacam

Which name do you like? Share in comments.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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