San Diego Zoo panda cub gets name "Son of Cloud"

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Posted: Nov 17, 2009 4:32 PM

Out of 6,300 suggestions, San Diego Zoo managers have chosen a name for a baby panda born this summer.

Zoo officials on Tuesday announced that the 3-month-old black-and-white ball of fur will be called Yun Zi (YUHN'-zih), which is Chinese for "Son of Cloud."

The cub was born on Aug. 5 but wasn't named for 100 days to follow Chinese tradition.

Yun Zi is the fifth cub born to the zoo's 300-pound mother panda whose name means "White Cloud."

He's only the 14th panda in the United States, including five in San Diego.

Yun Zi weighed about 4 ounces when he was born but now weighs more than 10 pounds.

His birth was posted on the zoo blog and a "panda cam" that allowed people to see the cub in a zoo den was so popular that it briefly crashed.

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On the Net:

http://www.sandiegozoo.org.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Out of 6,300 suggestions, San Diego Zoo managers have chosen a name for a baby panda born this summer.

Zoo officials on Tuesday announced that the 3-month-old black-and-white ball of fur will be called Yun Zi (YUN ZIH), which is Chinese for "Son of Cloud."

The cub was born on Aug. 5 but wasn't named for 100 days to follow Chinese tradition.

Yun Zi is the fifth cub born to the zoo's 300-pound mother panda whose name means "White Cloud."

He's only the 14th panda in the United States, including five in San Diego.

Yun Zi weighed about 4 ounces when he was born but now weighs more than 10 pounds.

His birth was posted on the zoo blog and a "panda cam" that allowed people to see the cub in a zoo den was so popular that it briefly crashed.

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On the Net:

http://www.sandiegozoo.org.