San Diego Zoo names newest baby panda

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 14:33 EDT
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Officials at the San Diego Zoo announced the name of its newest panda Tuesday, KFMB-TV reported.

Visitors to the zoo’s website chose the name Xiao Liwu, which means “Little Gift,” in an online survey, though the announcement was delayed until the panda turned 100 days old, in keeping with Chinese tradition.

Born July 29, Xiao Liwu is the record-setting sixth cub born to 21-year-old Bai Yun, giving the San Diego facility the largest array of giant pandas in captivity, as part of a loan agreement with the Chinese government. As part of the program, most of his siblings have been taken back to China after turning 3 years old. Xiao Liwu and another of Bai Yun’s offspring, 3-year-old Yun Zi (“Son of cloud”) are the only cubs currently in San Diego.

The naming ceremony, aired Tuesday morning on the zoo’s UStream channel, can be seen in its entirety below.

Video streaming by Ustream

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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