Panda gaining a name

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week You may call him Tai Shan. In observance of a Chinese custom, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., waited 100 days after his birth on July 9 to give the giant panda cub his name, which means “peaceful mountain.” That name received 44 percent of approximately 200,000 votes on the zoo’s Web site, zoo officials said Monday. The male cub is the first giant panda born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to survive more than a few weeks. The mother, Mai Xiang, and the father, Tian Tian, are on a 10-year loan from China. The cub, who has taken his first step and started cutting his first tooth, will be sent to China when he is 2. Why wait 100 days to name him? It’s rare for pandas born in captivity to live more than a few days, and keeping a cub nameless is seen as a way to trick fate into letting it survive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more