The National Zoo’s panda cub has a name

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2013_11_pandacub The National Zoo will reveal the name of its new panda cub Dec. 1. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)

Stealing the thunder of turkeys across America, the National Zoo announced Monday its new panda officially has a name. You’ll have to wait until Sunday, however, to learn what the famous cub will be called.

The zoo will reveal the winning name, chosen by more than 123,000 online votes, this Sunday in a ceremony at the Panda Plaza featuring zoo officials and a video message from first lady Michelle Obama.

The much-anticipated moniker will hang on scrolls from a 12-foot arch, and will be displayed in both English and Chinese. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China will provide Chinese cuisine. The public is invited to the celebration, which begins 1 p.m., but space will be very limited.

In keeping with Chinese tradition, the panda will receive its name on its 100th day of life.

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