Meet Zhen Zhen: San Diego Panda Cub Gets Name

The San Diego Zoo's panda cub finally has a name: Zhen Zhen (shen shen), or Precious.

Following Chinese tradition, the zoo waited until the cub, which was born in August, reached 100 days old before giving her a name.

According to zoo officials, Zhen Zhen won out over 2,400 names
submitted by zoo visitors.

Thirty-six percent of voters chose the name from among the four finalists.

The other choices were Li Hua (LEE'-hwa), or Beautiful China; Ming Zhu (ming-SHU'), or Bright Treasure, and Xiao Li (SHAOW'-lee), or Little Beauty.

The cub is still living out of public view in a private den with her mother, the panda Bai Yun (BYE'-yoon) but can be seen via the zoo's Web cam.


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