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Washington's Beloved Panda Cub Named 'Peaceful Mountain'


Washington D.C.'s beloved panda cub has been named "Tai Shan," which is pronounced tie SHON and means "Peaceful Mountain."

The National Zoo announced the name during a ceremony Monday, keeping a Chinese tradition of waiting 100 days after birth until naming.

The male cub, born July 9, is the first giant panda born at the National Zoo to survive more than a few weeks.

The zoo invited panda-fans to vote online for one of five Chinese names for the cub, all approved beforehand by the zoo and Chinese authorities. More than 200,000 votes were cast.

The cub's mother, Mei Xiang, and father, Tian Tian, are on a 10 year loan to the zoo from China. Baby Tai Shan will also return to China some time after his second birthday.

The cub has recently taken his first steps and began cutting his first teeth.

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