Last week, people across the country joined together to name a new baby panda born at the Smithsonian National Zoo. It was just announced that a name has been chosen, and it’s very fitting.
The baby’s new name is Xiao Qi Ji (SHIAU-chi-ji), which means “little miracle,” according to the Smithsonian National Zoo’s website. “His name reflects the extraordinary circumstances under which he was born and celebrates the collaboration between colleagues who strive to conserve this species.”
This little miracle has brought a much needed smile to many faces, and I think that was something we all needed this year. Click here to learn more about Xiao Qi Ji.
In August, a baby panda cub was welcomed into the Smithsonian’s National Zoo family. The cub still has no name, and you can help name a new baby panda!
“The birth of this cub, and watching him grow, has offered the world a much-needed moment of joy during the pandemic,” according to the zoo’s website. “The possible names — chosen by the Zoo and Chinese partners who strive to conserve this beloved bear — reflect the happiness we share for this cub.”
Click this link to get to the voting site and cast your vote. You can choose from four names to vote for, and the last day to vote is November 20. The chosen name that receives the most votes will be announced on November 23.
The zoo says that the cub is 12 weeks old and loves “napping, nursing and cuddling with mother Mei Xiang.” Hurry and vote to help give this little guy a name!