National Zoo’s giant panda cub is officially named Bei Bei

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

National Zoo’s Baby Panda Cub Named Bei Bei.

First lady Michelle Obama and the first lady of China, Madame Peng Liyuan, announced at the National Zoo on Friday that the zoo’s month-old male giant panda cub will be named Bei Bei, which means precious treasure. During this year’s panda breeding, Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated with semen from Tian Tian and a panda in China that was deemed a good genetic match.

Zoo Director Dennis Kelly said before the ceremony that “it’s a very exciting day because it celebrates more than four decades of research and success on the giant panda, and to have it recognized by the two first ladies is an honor. “ A host of Chinese and U.S. dignitaries were present, including benefactor David Rubenstein, who recently announced a $4.5 million dollar donation to the giant panda program. As VIPs waited for the ceremony to begin, Bao Bao, the zoo’s 2-year-old panda cub, came into the panda yard and dismantled a pagoda-shaped panda cake. Also present at the event were new Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and students from the Yu Ying Chinese immersion public charter school in Washington, who performed for the first ladies.

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