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Poll to Name National Zoo Panda Cub Closes Friday - LiveScience 

There are just a few days left to cast a vote to name the newest giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.


Panda mom Mei Xiang gave birth to the female cub on Aug. 23, but in keeping with Chinese tradition, the baby bear will not be named until it is 100 days old.

The poll to pick a name for the cub is open until Friday (Nov.  22), and the winning moniker will be announced in a ceremony at 1:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 1. [In Photos: Giant Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth]

These are the five candidates for the panda's name (in Mandarin Chinese) with their meanings:

  • Bao Bao: precious, treasure.
  • Ling Hua: darling, delicate flower.
  • Long Yun: Long is the Chinese symbol of the dragon, while Yun means charming. Combined this represents a sign of luck for panda cooperation between China and the U.S.
  • Mulan: a legendary young woman and brave Chinese warrior from the fifth century; it also means magnolia flower in Chinese.
  • Zhen Bao: treasure, valuable.

You can vote for your favorite on the Smithsonian magazine's website:

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