Twin giant panda cubs in Atlanta are named (has video)

  • Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:36 p.m.
One of two panda cubs, formerly known Panda A, is shown at Zoo Atlanta on Wednesday in Atlanta. The panda cub received the official name of Mei Lun today.

ATLANTA-- The twin giant panda cubs born in July at Zoo Atlanta now have names.

Zoo officials said Wednesday the pandas will be called Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Huan (may hwaan), which originates from a Chinese idiom that means “something indescribably beautiful and magnificent.”

People voted on several possible names through the website for ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The cubs were born to 15-year-old Lun Lun, who was artificially inseminated in March. They are the fourth and fifth cubs born at the zoo to Lun Lun and her partner Yang Yang.

The names were selected by staff at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Under a deal between China and the U.S., giant pandas originally from China are only lent to foreign zoos for scientific study for several years.

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