Panda, Smithsonian's National Zoo

YouTube/Smithsonian's National Zoo

Now for our continuing coverage of this friggin' adorable panda.

She has a name! The panda cub born at The Smithsonian National Zoo has officially turned 100 days old, which is the traditional period of time that one waits before naming a baby panda. In a less traditional twist, the National Zoo let the Internet vote on the name.

To avoid the panda being named iLUVuJUSTINBIEBER34 or LiTtLe MoNsTeR, the National Zoo, in cooperation with officials from China, presented the following names: Bao Bao, Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan and Zhen Bao. And the winner is...

Bao Bao!

Bao Bao, which means "precious" or "treasure," is the second child of giant panda Mei Ziang. The name was announced yesterday, Dec. 1, by zoo representatives, the People's Republic of China and the U.S. State's department, among others. 

Bao Bao will make her debut in January 2014. If you want to see her live, in panda-person and not just on a web cam, you better plan your trip: She'll only be in D.C. for four years before she moves to the China Conservation and Research Center.

Now, onto the reason you came into this post: Panda pictures!!!

Panda, Smithsonian National Zoo

Courtney Janney, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Enjoy these #ThrowbackMonday pictures to Bao Bao's first days:



Panda Cam




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