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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669 Comments
  • lecrae116
    lecrae116Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:44 am
    Amazing
    • goldengurl1206
      goldengurl1206Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:13 pm
      I think the panda's name should be Oreo its a cute name and it fits well for him. This was a good article because Panda's are my favorite animals
      • sydney_zepp
        sydney_zeppMonday, February 8, 2021 at 1:28 pm
        It's so cuteeeeee!!!! Does anyone know how it's doing now?
        • animal_lover321
          animal_lover321Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm
          Yes, It is doing well in my heart!!!
        • danny-boy
          danny-boyMonday, February 8, 2021 at 10:17 am
          That is awesome
          • danny-boy
            danny-boyMonday, February 8, 2021 at 10:18 am
            It is so amazing it is hard to describe
          • luvmylipstick
            luvmylipstickSunday, February 7, 2021 at 6:44 am
            soooooooooooooo cute
            • samibloom
              samibloomFriday, February 5, 2021 at 11:29 am
              THAT PANDA IS SOOOO CUTE!!! CAN I HAVE HIM?
              • plarrvonyoutube
                plarrvonyoutubeFriday, February 5, 2021 at 10:38 am
                THAT IS THE CUTEST PANDA I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!
                • mimycumy-160094336107
                  mimycumy-160094336107Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:43 am
                  OMG I WANT A PANDA!!!!!!!!!
                  • mimycumy-160094336107
                    mimycumy-160094336107Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:42 am
                    how she picked up the cub that was soooo cool
                    • calicocat029
                      calicocat029Friday, February 5, 2021 at 6:43 am
                      yay for the name Oreo!
                      • aila
                        ailaFriday, March 19, 2021 at 10:25 am
                        Yay