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Zoo Names Red Panda Cub

6:12 AM, Sep 23, 2011   |    comments
Photo by Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twin red panda cubs born at the National Zoo in Washington in June have now both been named.

Zoo officials said Thursday that one cub has been named Pili, which means clap of thunder in Chinese. Officials had put her naming to a public vote.

Her sister Damini, which is Nepalese for lightning, was named immediately after she was born on June 17.

Officials say they wanted storm-themed named for the cubs.

Pili and Damini were the second set of red panda twins born this year. Another set was born June 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.


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