Panda cub will get its name next month


Maternal bond: Liang Liang (right) spending quality time with her cub at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre in Zoo Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

Maternal bond: Liang Liang (right) spending quality time with her cub at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre in Zoo Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: This is no ordinary baby as the governments of two countries will be involved in picking the right name for her.

That is why the panda born in Zoo Negara on Aug 18 last year has yet to be named in view of the lengthy process.

Natural Resources and Environ­ment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the cub would get her name by the end of next month.

Fifteen names have been shortlisted from the 22,830 entries received for the “Name the Giant Panda Cub” contest, which ran from Nov 17 to Dec 17 last year, he said.

The shortlisting involved an “expert analysis” of all the suggested names, he added.

Wan Junaidi said the shortlist, which he received yesterday, would be submitted to the Chinese autho­rities within the next few days for their approval.

“When they get back to us, my ministry will choose what we think is the best name from the approved list.

“I will then propose it to the Cabinet,” he said.

The cub is the offspring of a pair of giant pandas – Xing Xing and Liang Liang – that Malaysia received on loan from China on May 21, 2014, to mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

A Perodua Myvi worth RM50,000 awaits the winner of the contest. — Bernama

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