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Smithsonian Zoo's panda cub needs a name, solicits for ideas

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Do you have a great name idea for the Smithsonian's National Zoo new panda cub? The zoo wants to hear it.

Photo: Smithsonian's National Zoo

The Zoo is asking for name ideas for Mei Xiang's female panda cub through Oct. 15. There are a few requirements, namely that the name must be in Mandarin Chinese and spelled out phonetically.

There is a spot in front of the National Zoo where thousands of visitors typically come to take pictures. But  no one was there on Friday since the zoo has been shut down.

Luckily for ABC7 reporter, Hatzel Vela, there was a stream of people located across the street wearing wacky pink outfits – Susan G. Komen participants – who had no problem giving us suggestions for panda names.

"What would it be?”

“Tatas. Save the Tatas."

This suggestions comes from the ladies on the Komen walk, but here is where it gets complicated.

"How do you translate 'tatas' to Mandarin?"

And others had their input too.

From “Daisy” to "Moo Shu Pork" to “Fuzzy Wuzzy,” there were suggestions galore. But we’ll have to wait a bit, as Chinese tradition dictates that naming starts 100 days after birth.

We’re only at day 49.

Entrants must be members of the Friends of the National Zoo and have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit name ideas.

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