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:

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 (

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!


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  • cutieevie
    cutieevieThursday, July 22, 2021 at 8:50 am
    It is adorable
    • chesstiger65
      chesstiger65Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 10:53 am
      • midnight_pink2
        midnight_pink2Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 8:07 am
        Snuggles, Shuffles, Pepper, or Chilly would be a good name.
        • kaitlyn0802
          kaitlyn0802Friday, June 25, 2021 at 2:52 am
          Sooooooooooooooooo cute
          • skplays
            skplaysSaturday, June 12, 2021 at 1:36 am
            I think izzy is a nice name
            • sasukenaruto
              sasukenarutoWednesday, June 9, 2021 at 8:37 am
              Oh I just found out it is a boy so zebra
              • sasukenaruto
                sasukenarutoWednesday, June 9, 2021 at 8:36 am
                😁 so ooo ooo cute I want it But the name sarada
                • phebe
                  phebeMonday, June 7, 2021 at 6:01 pm
                  I love the name Mae sheing
                  • lulu1267
                    lulu1267Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:11 am
                    I think a cute name will be Cuddles 🤩
                    • lulu1267
                      lulu1267Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:57 am
                      This is the CUTEST EVER 1#!!!