National Zoo Names Baby Panda Cub “Bei Bei”

The National Zoo announced Friday that their new baby panda cub has officially been named ‘Bei Bei’.

Bei Bei means precious treasure. Bei Bei is a boy and was born on August 22. His twin died shortly after their birth on August 25, zoo officials said.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Liyuan were both at the National Zoo Friday morning for the name announcement. Obama and Liyuan chose the name for the cub, unlike the previous cub, which was named by online vote.

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