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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  • chesstiger65
    chesstiger653 months
    • unipug2
      unipug24 months
      Snuggles, Shuffles, Pepper, or Chilly would be a good name.
      • marypopcorn
        marypopcornabout 2 months
        Yeah, but I think they're gonna go with a Mandarin Chinese name.
      • kaitlyn0802
        kaitlyn08024 months
        Sooooooooooooooooo cute
        • skplays
          skplays4 months
          I think izzy is a nice name
          • sasukenaruto
            sasukenaruto4 months
            Oh I just found out it is a boy so zebra
            • sasukenaruto
              sasukenaruto4 months
              😁 so ooo ooo cute I want it But the name sarada
              • phebe
                phebe4 months
                I love the name Mae sheing
                • lulu1267
                  lulu12675 months
                  I think a cute name will be Cuddles 🤩
                  • lulu1267
                    lulu12675 months
                    This is the CUTEST EVER 1#!!!
                    • gowulopi-160028752362
                      so cute