Monday, November 12, 2012
The San Diego Zoo is scheduled to reveal the name of its 15-week-old giant panda cub on Tuesday.
By Chinese tradition, giant pandas are not named until they have been alive for 100 days. The announcement will be made at 10 a.m. at the zoo's Hunte Amphitheater.
The finalists, culled from more than 7,000 name suggestions received in September, are:
-- Qi Ji, which means Miracle;
-- Yu Di, which means Raindrop;
-- Da Hai, which means Big Ocean or Big Sea;
-- Xiao Liwu, which means Little Gift;
-- Yong Er, which means Brave Son; and
-- Shui Long, which means Water Dragon.
Nearly 35,000 visitors to the zoo's website late last month voted to choose a name, and the one with the most votes wins.
Doug Myers, executive director of the San Diego Zoo, and Ron Swaisgood, who is the co-head of the giant panda team, will make remarks. Representatives from China are also scheduled to attend.
The San Diego Zoo is one of four in the U.S. that keep giant pandas for research purposes. Around 1,600 are believed to be left in the wild in their native China.