Panda Cub Naming Ceremony

On Tuesday, Nov. 13 more than 200 people gathered to heard the name of the zoo's panda cub. Xiao Liwu, meaning "Little Gift", was selected by the public with online voting. Nearly 35,000 people participated in the process.

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In this photo provided by the San Diego Zoo, keeper Liz Simmons carries out the San Diego Zoo's youngest giant panda for his weekly exam, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in San Diego. Veterinary staff took all the usual weights and measurement and the cub continues to get bigger and heavier. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)
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On Tuesday, Nov. 13 more than 200 people gathered to heard the name of the zoo's panda cub. Xiao Liwu, meaning "Little Gift", was selected by the public with online voting. Nearly 35,000 people participated in the process.
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A representative from the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles stands with Ron Swaisgood, who is the co-head of the Giant Panda Team for San Diego Zoo Global and Doug Myers, executive director of the San Diego Zoo.
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People dressed like dragons performed a special dance at the panda naming ceremony.
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Doug Myers, executive director of the San Diego Zoo, addressed the crowd of more than 200 people who came to the naming ceremony.
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A representative from the Chinese consulate accidentally told the crowd the name before it was officially revealed.
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Ron Swaisgood, the co-head of the Giant Panda Team for San Diego Zoo Global, talked about how the program has grown and conservation efforts.
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People dressed like dragons performed a special dance at the panda naming ceremony.
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Colorful dragon dancers walked through the crowd.
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People dressed like dragons performed a special dance at the panda naming ceremony.
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The Chinese consulate representative stood with Ron Swaisgood and Doug Myers once the name was revealed.
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More than 200 people came to the ceremony.
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A grandmother and her grandson enjoyed a moment at the naming ceremony for the panda cub. Xiao Liwu means "Little Gift."
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San Diego zookeeper Jennifer Becerra said they might nickname the panda "Liwu" for short.
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