Baby panda officially named in Vienna zoo

09:13, December 14, 2010      

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Photo released by Zoo Vienna shows panda baby "Fu Hu" who was then about 100 day old in Vienna, capital of Austria. Zoo Vienna held a name-giving ceremony for a male panda who was born on Aug. 23 this year. The panda was named "Fu Hu", meaning happy tiger. "Fu Hu" was the second panda born in Zoo Vienna, while its brother "Fu Long" was born here in August, 2007. (Xinhua)

A baby panda born in Austria in summer this year was officially named Fu Hu meaning "happy tiger" in Chinese at a ceremony held Monday at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo.

The male cub was given the name after Austrian fans voted last month for the name online from choices suggested by the Chinese side.

At the ceremony, Chinese ambassador to Austria Shi Mingde officially designated the name to the cub on behalf of the Chinese government, and unveiled the name tag covered in red silk.

About 500 people from all circles of Austria attended the ceremony. Major media outfits in the country also sent reporters to the scene.

Shi said that choosing the name Happy Tiger reflected Austrian people's deep love and best wishes toward the cub as 2010 was the Year of Tiger according to Chinese lunar calendar and the animal had long been the symbol of health, strength and vigor in Chinese culture.

He also expressed his hope that more pandas can be born in the zoo.

Austrian Minister of Economy Reinhold Mitterlehner also attended the naming ceremony. Being the nominal adopter of Fu Hu, he said he "feels very happy about this day, Fu Hu is a symbol of friendship between the two peoples."

Mitterlehner also made comments on current Sino-Austria relations, saying that he was optimistic about the prospects of the cooperation in economy and other fields between the two countries.

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