National Zoo’s new panda named Bao Bao

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It means “treasure” in English, and after 100 days and more than 123,000 votes, the National Zoo’s new panda cub has been given a name: Bao Bao.

“When this cub was born last summer, I was thrilled,” said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. “It was a great moment for the National Zoo. Bao Bao symbolizes 41 years of research and collaboration both at the National Zoo and in China. We’re grateful to everyone around the world who voted to name her and help us celebrate today.”

Zoo officials revealed the name in a ceremony Sunday, but the famous panda did not make an appearance. Despite the excitement over her new name, Bao Bao will not make her public debut until January.

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