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National Zoo panda cub named Bao Bao

December 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's female panda cub has been named Bao Bao, which means "treasure" or "precious," after receiving more than 123,000 votes online from the public.

Bao Bao got her name on Sunday during a celebration celebrating her first 100 days. She is only the second surviving cub born at the zoo since the first pandas arrived in 1972.

The cub was born on Aug. 23. Her mother, Mei Xiang, has been caring for the cub in the panda den. Bao Bao will make her public debut early in 2014, according to zoo officials.

The zoo had asked the public to vote for one of five names for the new cub: Bao Bao, Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan or Zhen Bao.

Mei Xiang's only other surviving cub, a male named Tai Shan, was born in 2005 and was returned to China in 2010 for breeding. Male panda Tian Tian is the father of both cubs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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