Help Smithsonian's National Zoo Name Its Adorable Giant Panda Cub

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The male giant panda cub, born on August 21, 2020, is Mei Xiang's third surviving offspring (Credit: nationalzoo.si.edu)

While giant panda cubs are always popular, 22-year-old Mei Xiang's latest offspring, born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on August 21, 2020, is particularly so. The daily live-stream of the adorable male cub, whose birth brought much-needed cheer during the COVID-19 pandemic, has garnered over a million virtual visitors. Hence, it is only fitting that zoo officials are asking fans to help name the precious 12-week-old.

The 12-week-old giant panda cub's name will be revealed on November 23, 2020 (Credit:nationalzoo.si.edu)

Those wishing to participate can visit the National Zoo's website and choose from one of four names selected by the Zoo and Chinese partners. They include Fu Zai (Mandarin Chinese for "prosperous boy"), Xiao Qi ji (Mandarin Chinese for "little miracle"), Xing Fu (Mandarin Chinese for "happy and prosperous"), and Zai Zai (a traditional Mandarine Chinese nickname for a boy).

Fans can vote for their favorite name once per day from November 16, 2020, to Nov. 20, 2020. The most popular name will be announced and bestowed on the cub on November 23, 2020. Be sure to get your vote in today!

Resources: nationalzoo.si.edu

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583 Comments
  • pyro10
    pyro10Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:01 am
    so cute i in love with it because it is so adorable
    • newsreporter235
      newsreporter235Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:48 am
      omg they are soo cute im a panda fan
      • blended
        blendedThursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:32 pm
        that is so cute. I love pandas.
        • dinosuruskid
          dinosuruskidThursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:01 am
          really cute
          • jakevaka-159578310549
            jakevaka-159578310549Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:10 am
            It is so cute I think it name should named ZO ZO or HONEY
          • koutfaun771
            koutfaun771Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12:08 pm
            yea adorable
            • unicornqueen208
              unicornqueen208Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:44 am
              Awwwww... so cut it's going to make me cry
              • rainbowcorn
                rainbowcornWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 8:04 am
                It makes me want to cry that cub is so adorable.
                • rainbowcorn
                  rainbowcornWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 8:01 am
                  So cuuuttee I think zai zai is a cute name
                  • emshappyplanet
                    emshappyplanetWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:45 am
                    So adorable!!