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Chance to name panda

CITIZENS from southwest China's Kunming City are being asked to name a panda cub adopted by the Yunnan Wildlife Park after the devastating May 12 earthquake, sources said yesterday.

Kunming citizens have until Wednesday to come up with a name for one of the twins, whose mother, 18-year-old Snow, comes from the earthquake-damaged Wolong Panda Breeding Base.

A group from the base will announce the name on March 7 when they visit the zoo.

The cub was born on July 26, weighing 104.5 grams. It now weighs 12.4 kilograms.

Kunming is among eight cities that earned the right to name a cub because they gave financial aid to the base and took in the pandas. The other cities are Beijing, Chengdu, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Zunyi, Wuhan and Guangzhou.

Fifteen Wolong panda cubs have been born since the disaster but only 13 survived. Five already had names so officials gave naming rights to the remaining cubs to the eight cities that supported them.

The Yunnan park donated 1.5 million yuan (US$0.22 million) and adopted three panda cubs. Kunming citizens should e-mail their suggestions to


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