The Smithsonian National Zoo's baby panda turned 100 days old today! And, in accordance with Chinese tradition, she got a name.
Pronounced "bow-BOW," according to the AP, the name means "treasure" or "precious." Over 123,000 votes were cast for the name (there were only five names to choose from, as the National Zoo was clever enough not to make this an entirely open poll because then we all would have voted for "Miley Cyrus" for the lulz).
The National Zoo live-tweeted the event:
His Excellency Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of the People's Republic of Chinasays in Chinese tradition the 100 day celebration is very important.— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) December 1, 2013
Ambassador Tiankai wrote the potential names in calligraphy on the scrolls which will reveal the name in a moment. #SmithsonianPanda— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) December 1, 2013
The cub’s name is: BAO BAO! Bao Bao means “treasure” or “precious." #SmithsonianPanda— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) December 1, 2013
Bao Bao's father Tian Tian, who, let's face it, did very little of the work to get Bao Bao here, will nevertheless get a "special ice treat" to commemorate his daughter's name today.
If you'd like to see Bao Bao, you'll have to wait just a little bit longer: she'll make her public debut in January. Until then, you'll have to make do with Panda Cam.
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