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SD Zoo: Giant panda cub to be named next week

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Zoo has announced that it will reveal the name of its 14-week-old giant panda cub next week.

By Chinese tradition, giant pandas are not named until they have been alive for 100 days. The announcement will be made on Nov. 13, a week from Tuesday, at 10 a.m.

The finalists, culled from more than 7,000 name suggestions received in September, are:

-- Qi Ji, which means Miracle;

-- Yu Di, which means Raindrop;

-- Da Hai, which means Big Ocean or Big Sea;

-- Xiao Liwu, which means Little Gift;

-- Yong Er, which means Brave Son; and

-- Shui Long, which means Water Dragon.

Visitors to the zoo's website late last month voted to choose a name, and the one with the most votes wins.

The San Diego Zoo is one of four in the U.S. that keep giant pandas for research purposes. Around 1,600 are believed to be left in the wild in their native China.

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