The dual big pandas born at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens in June have been named Xiao Xiao and Lei Lei, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike stated Friday.
Their names, when mixed, have the that means of “resulting in the longer term from a vivid daybreak,” Koike advised a press convention. The zoo plans to permit the general public to see the pandas from subsequent January.
Picture reveals twin big panda cubs Xiao Xiao (L) and Lei Lei at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens on Oct. 4, 2021. (Picture courtesy of Ueno Zoological Gardens)(Kyodo)
The zoo had solicited concepts from the general public for his or her names and obtained round 192,000 options in 14 days till Aug. 20. The names had been determined by a variety committee that excluded the names of different pandas in Japan in addition to the names of particular characters.
Lei Lei, the second hottest selection, garnered 7,617 votes, whereas Xiao Xiao gained 482 votes.
The male panda Xiao Xiao and feminine panda Lei Lei turned 100 days previous on Oct. 1 and weigh over 6 kilograms.
Their beginning on June 23 marked the primary time Japan’s oldest zoo had witnessed the beginning of dual pandas.
“We wish to give consolation and power (to the individuals) amid continued anxiousness and pressure over the coronavirus pandemic and pure calamities,” stated Yutaka Fukuda, director of the zoo.
The cubs had been born to mom Shin Shin and her mate Ri Ri, who’re additionally dad and mom to 4-year-old feminine panda Xiang Xiang. The pair, on mortgage from China and each aged 16, additionally had a cub in July 2012, however the cub died six days after its beginning attributable to pneumonia.
The Ueno Zoological Gardens, which opened in 1882, obtained its first pandas in 1972 from China, in commemoration of the normalization of bilateral ties.
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