Taipei Zoo reveals six possible names for panda cub
CNATAIPEI--Taipei Zoo announced Saturday six possible names for the zoo's giant panda cub, which has been nicknamed Yuanzai since its July 6 birth.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
A campaign to name Yuanzai, offspring of Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, two giant pandas that were gifted to Taiwan by China in 2008, has drawn nearly 13,000 participants since it began Aug. 4, said the zoo.
The six names were chosen based on the number of votes received as of Sept. 8, the zoo said. A second round of online voting kicked off Saturday and will run through Oct. 15, the zoo added.
Among the finalists, “Yuanzai,” literally meaning “Yuan Yuan's child,” topped the list with 1,219 votes, according to the zoo.
The name was followed by “Tuanyuan,” a combination of Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, which also means “unification,” with 620 votes.
All the other names include the character “yuan” to signify the cub's ties with its mother, the zoo explained.
Among them, “Fenyuan” and “Tangyuan” are homonyms of traditional foods — tapioca balls and rice flour balls — respectively.
The public can go to http://panda.taipeitravel.net/index.html to vote for the name they like best . The results will be announced Oct. 26.