No longer A and B: Atlanta zoo's twin panda cubs have names

No longer A and B: Atlanta zoo's twin panda cubs have names

with information from Zoo Atlanta-

Atlanta's zoo invited the public to vote on names for twin giant panda cubs born in September, and the votes have been counted.

The twins were named on their 100th day of life, which is today, December 12, in accordance with Chinese tradition.

Their new names are: Ya Lun and Xi Lun. The names were revealed at the twins' 100 Day Naming Celebration today at Zoo Atlanta.

Cub A – (yah-loon) and Cub B – (shee-loon) earned just over 11,000 of the more than 23,400 votes cast by panda fans around the world.

Ya means "elegant," and Xi means "happy." Lun references daughters of Lun Lun. Together, the monikers mean "Lun Lun's elegant and happy daughters."

"We're thrilled to announce two beautiful and meaningful names for two healthy, thriving, 100-day-old giant panda cubs. This is a celebration we share with the City of Atlanta, our longtime partners at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, and with our Zoo Atlanta family, which includes friends and fans from around the world," said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. "As we wish Ya Lun and Xi Lun well today, we celebrate the future of their species together."

There were seven pairs of names to choose from, supplied by a panda conservation center in Chengdu, China. The pair with the most votes wins.

The bears are on loan from China.

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