Vienna baby panda name chosen by online voting

10:17, November 23, 2010      

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The name of a baby panda born at Vienna's Schonbrunn Zoo this summer had been chosen by fans through online voting, the zoo said on Monday.

The male cub would be called Fu Hu, or "happy tiger" (2010 is the Chinese Year of the Tiger) in English, after 50.1 percent of more than 25,000 fans participated in the two-week activity opted for the name.

The result also showed 40.8 percent of participants voted for Wei Xing ("joy of Vienna"), 9.1 percent for Ao Kang ("healthy Austrian boy").

Weighing 4.54 kg early this month, the cub of pandas Yang Yang and Long Hui was born on Aug. 23 in the zoo. The pandas were transferred from China to Schoenbrunn Zoo in 2003, and are on loan to Austria by China for a period of 10 years.

The cub will be officially named on Dec. 13 at a ceremony.

Under an agreement by China and Austria, the cub's name should be given by online voting on the website of the zoo from several choices suggested by Chinese side.

Source: Xinhua


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