Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cute Panda

Cute Panda, San Diego Zoo, cub

Cute little panda cub from San Diego Zoo.

The cute little panda cub was born July 29 and have not yet been named. He will be named later on to follow the 100 days old Chinese panda-naming tradition.

Public vote will decide on one of six suggested names for the panda: Qi Ji (Miracle), Yu Di (Raindrop), Da Hai (Big Ocean or Big Sea), Xiao Liwu (Little Gift), Yong Er (Brave Son) or Shui Long (Water Dragon).

The zoo will announce the winning name in a ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The cub was born to Bai Yun (White Cloud), the panda mom that has given birth to five other cubs at the San Diego Zoo. Four of those offspring were moved to China to join the country's giant panda conservation and breeding program. The previous cub born to Bai Yun was a male named Yun Zi (Son of Cloud). He remains in San Diego and celebrated his third birthday in August.

Researchers estimate only 1,600 giant pandas are left in the wild, and scientists maintain that captive breeding is an important way for them to study and conserve the endangered species.

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