Baby panda gets name
The zoo's youngest giant panda was officially named Xiao Liwu (ZHEE'-ow LEE'-woo), Chinese for "little gift," at a ceremony Tuesday. He is on the small side, but is strong and cooperative, said Dr. Ron Swaisgood, a member of the zoo's panda team.
The cub was born on July 29 and was named 100 days after its birth, according to Chinese zoo tradition. Officials said the cub weighs 9.2 pounds and stretches more than 23 inches long from nose to tail.
Zoo officials got 7,000 suggested names, chose their top six and put them up for a vote. More than 35,000 zoo visitors voted on names that meant Little Gift, Miracle, Raindrop, Big Ocean or Big Sea, Brave Son and Water Dragon.
Xiao Liwu's mother is Bai Yun (bye-yuhn) which means White Cloud and father Gao Gao (gow-gow), which means Tall Tall. The cub is Bai Yun's sixth. She turned 21 in July, making her the oldest giant panda known to give birth.
Critical thinking challenge: Why was the panda named "little gift?"
Define these words: ceremony, cooperative, miracle
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