Meet Xiao Qi Ji, the Smithsonian Zoo’s Newest Baby Panda | Updated

By Amanda Roland
Name The Newest Baby Panda

People across the country joined together to name the newest baby panda born at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The little one’s new name was announced today, and we think the name fits him well.

The cub’s 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 was something we all needed this year. Click here to learn more about Xiao Qi Ji and his mother Mei Xiang.

On August 21, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed a baby panda cub into the family, birthed by giant panda Mei Xiang. The baby has yet to be named, and you and your family could help name the newest baby panda!

Click this link to get to the voting site. There are four names to vote for, and voting ends on November 20. The chosen name that receives the most votes will be announced on November 23.

“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.”

The zoo says that the cub is 12 weeks old, 9.2 pounds, 21.26 inches long and loves “napping, nursing and cuddling with mother Mei Xiang.” Vote now to help give the little guy a name!


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