The Atlanta Zoo's Twin Panda Cubs Have Adorable New Names
Atlanta’s cutest residents finally have names.
Zoo Atlanta revealed Monday that after roughly two weeks of public voting, the zoo’s twin giant panda cubs have been bestowed with their very own monikers: Ya Lun and Xi Lun.
In keeping with Chinese tradition, the names were announced in a naming ceremony on the female cubs’ 100th day of life. According to Zoo Atlanta, Ya means “elegant,” and Xi means “happy.” Lun references mama bear Lun Lun, so together their names mean “Lun Lun’s elegant and happy daughters.”
How sweet is that?
An online poll asked visitors to choose between seven sets of names supplied by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Voting ran from Nov. 21 through Dec. 4; more than 23,400 votes were recorded.
Ya and Xi’s 100 Day Celebration festivities opened with a performance by the Wesley International School Choir, followed by remarks from zoo officials and a traditional lion dance by the local Chien Hong School of Kung Fu. All seven of the other pandas born at Zoo Atlanta over the years received the same pomp and circumstance on their 100 day birthdays. Although Ya and Xi couldn’t be present (they can’t walk yet!) for their big day, a 24-hour PandaCam on the zoo’s website allows viewers around-the-clock access to the little fluffs as they grow.
The sisters are expected to make public their debut in late December 2016 or January 2017.