National Zoo’s Giant Panda Cub 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, Peng Liyuan, announced Friday that the zoo’s month-old male giant panda cub will be named Bei Bei, which means precious treasure. The zoo said it scrapped a Chinese tradition, used for Bao Bao, of naming a newborn 100 days after its birth in favor of involving the two first ladies in person in the naming process. 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.

At the Friday ceremony, Peng — who is in town on a state visit with her husband, Chinese President Xi Jinping — called the new panda cub “absolutely adorable.” “We do need more bonds to bring the people of our two countries ever more closer, and the giant panda are one of those bonds that we can celebrate to achieve that goal,” Peng said. 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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