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National Zoo’s baby panda is named!
Author: teddygirl | Thursday October 20, 2005
On October 17th, John Berry, the National Zoo’s director, announced the baby boy panda’s name: Tai Shan, which means “peaceful mountain.” The name was announced during a naming ceremony that included traditional Chinese dance troupes, a martial arts performance and children’s activities. National Zoo officials, Chinese officials, zoo employees and visitors were on hand for the ceremony.
The name Tai Shan beat out 4 other choices, which were the following: 1) Qiang Qiang, which means “strong, powerful;” 2) Sheng Hua, which means “Washington China;” 3) Long Shan, which means “dragon mountain;” and 4) Hua Sheng, which means “China Washington.”
Tai Shan is over 100 days old now, weighs 12.7 pounds and measures 25.5 inches. He was not present for his naming ceremony, and officials are hoping his public debut will be in December.
*Above picture is from the National Zoo’s website.