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Voting to begin soon on Zoo Atlanta panda cubs' names

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You will soon be able to vote to name the twin male giant pandas born to Lun Lun on July 15 at Zoo Atlanta.

The contenders for the five sets of names for the 2-month-old pair were announced on Oct. 3.

The five sets of names, selected by Zoo Atlanta colleagues at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, are:

  • Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Hua (may hwaa), meaning "Lun Lun's twin cubs born in the U.S."
  • Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Huan (may hwaan), originating from a Chinese idiom that also means "something indescribably beautiful and magnificent"
  • Tian Lun (tee-an loon) and Tian Le (tee-an luh), a modified version of another Chinese idiom meaning "joy of family life" or "family happiness"
  • Lan Tian (lan tee-an) and Bi Shui (bee shway), meaning "blue sky and clear water"
  • Da Lan (dah lan) and Xiao Lan (sheow lan), meaning "bigger one (a reference to the larger Cub B) and smaller one (Cub A) of Atlanta-born twins."

Voting will begin online through Good Morning America on Oct. 9.

In keeping with the Chinese tradition, the winning names will be revealed during the cubs' 100 Day Naming Celebration on Oct. 23.

You can watch the cubs on PandaCam presented by EarthCam.

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