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Public to decide name of National Zoo giant panda cub

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Photo Gallery: Panda cub receives first vaccine

Photo Gallery: Giant Panda cub is almost 8 weeks old
Courtesy: Smithsonian's National Zoo

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo is asking the public to help name its female giant panda cub.

Voting on Smithsonian.com began Tuesday at 2 p.m. and will continue until Nov. 22.

Voters will have five Mandarin Chinese names to choose from:
• Bao Bao - precious, treasure. (bow-BOW)
• Ling Hua - darling, delicate flower. (ling-HWA)
• Long Yun - long is the Chinese symbol of the dragon, yun means charming. Combined this represents a sign of luck for panda cooperation between China and the U.S. (long-YOON)
• Mulan - a legendary young woman, a smart and brave Chinese warrior from the fifth century; it also means magnolia flower in Chinese. (moo-LAHN)
• Zhen Bao - treasure, valuable. (jen-BAO)

The winning name will be revealed at a ceremony Dec. 1, when the cub is 100 days old. It is tradition in China to celebrate when a baby turns 100 days old.

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