Voters choose panda name

by Laura Nguyen

Courtesy Ken Bohn

The San Diego Zoo’s 12-week- old male giant panda cub needs a name. Chinese tradition is a newborn panda is not named until after it’s at least 100 days old. As the 100th day approaches in mid-November, the zoo has decided to make things interesting. It has enlisted the help of the public, giving it the chance to vote on its favorite name for the cub. The zoo received more than 7,000 name suggestions and has narrowed it down to six choices for the public to vote on through the zoo’s website.

On the zoo website there is also an option to watch the baby panda live in action through the Panda Cam or look at a panda photo gallery that includes pictures of the cub’s medical exams. Zoo workers reported the cub is growing and healthy. The baby panda wasn’t thrilled with being held and having to stay for all exams. But, on the bright side, he did love to crawl around and play.

To get more information and vote online, visit sandiegozoo. org/pandacam. Polls will close tomorrow, at 5 p.m. The panda cub will be named during a public ceremony at the San Diego Zoo on Nov. 13.