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Baby panda ceremony: San Diego Zoo's giant panda cub named 'Little Gift'

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Photo by Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo unveiled the name of the sixth giant panda born at the Zoo during a public ceremony on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012. Rick Gulley (left) president of the San Diego Zoo Global Board of Trustees and Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D. (right), co-head of the Giant Panda Team for San Diego Zoo Global, revealed a photo of the cub showing his name - Xiao Liwu. The name means “little gift.” Pronunciation is sshyaoww (falling then rising tone) lee (falling then rising tone) woo (falling tone).

The San Diego Zoo's new baby panda has an official name — Xiao Liwu or "Little Gift."

The public naming ceremony took place Nov. 13 (watch the video below), 100 days after his birth, per Chinese tradition. Earlier this month, officials released unrelentingly adorable footage of the giant baby poof getting his 11th veterinary exam. There was much squealing and prancing. On both sides of the computer.

San Diego Zoo blog post on Tuesday's ceremony's details a performance of costumed dancers and praise from the consulate-general of the People’s Republic of China, Qiu Shaofang, regarding the Zoo's giant panda conservation efforts.

According to the official release, the Zoo received more than 7,000 name submissions for the panda cub, which were narrowed down to six choices. Nearly 35,000 votes were registered via public, online voting. The winning name, Xiao Liwu, described the cub as "a precious, little gift to our world.

Little Gift is the sixth giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo. His arrival on July 29 set the current record for the most giant panda cubs born at a breeding facility outside of China. Note: Surrender all semblance of composure before accessing the Panda Cam.



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