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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671 Comments
  • footballlover22
    footballlover22Monday, April 12, 2021 at 2:18 pm
    Arnt they so cute and cool
    • betathenyabyfar
      betathenyabyfarMonday, April 12, 2021 at 11:16 am
      I highly recommend Oreo. I think it fits the criteria well :)
      • jordangaither
        jordangaitherWednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8:31 am
        A-dorable
        • coco678
          coco678Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 8:08 am
          AWWWWW SO CUTE!!! I want a panda!
          • peachgrl150
            peachgrl150Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:56 am
            totally the cutest thing ive seen all month.
            • peachgrl150
              peachgrl150Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:53 am
              so cute
              • unipug2
                unipug2Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6:27 pm
                This avatar of mine looks like me! By the way, I suggest Pandy Paws, Mario, Sugar, Jamie, or Silver
                • coco678
                  coco678Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 8:09 am
                  Well I like your avatar plus those names for the panda
                • tameikat
                  tameikatWednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:13 pm
                  I think a good name would be Kireina! It’s beautiful in Japanese!
                  • blaze_playz
                    blaze_playzThursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:36 am
                    I really like pandas. My favorite kind of panda is the red panda
                    • unipug2
                      unipug2Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 3:49 pm
                      Do you know what is cuter? Koalas!🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨