Our 18-week-old giant panda cub is becoming more adventurous as her mobility develops. Today, keepers found the cub with her mother in a garden room adjacent to the den she has lived in for the past four months.
Thank you to KGTV News 10: Following Chinese tradition, the [San Diego] zoo waited until the [baby panda] cub, which was born Aug. 3, reached 100 days old before giving her a name... and the name is "Zhen Zhen" in Chinese, or "Precious".
The other choices were Li Hua (Beautiful China), Ming Zhu (Bright Treasure) and Xiao Li (Little Beauty).
Video of the ceremony at The San Diego Zoo is below and is summarized by the Zoo thusly: "With the sounds of traditional Chinese music and the performance of a Chinese dance troupe in lion costumes, the San Diego Zoo unveiled the name of its 16-week-old giant panda cub: Zhen Zhen.
When San Diego Zoo keepers gathered the 7-week-old giant panda cub for her weekly veterinary exam, the cub was sporting a milk mustache, evidence she is getting the proper nutrition to grow strong.
Weighing in at 5.4 pounds, a gain of more than one pound since one week ago, also indicates her growth is on track. The cub's left eye slit is now opening and the right eye is expected to begin opening over the course of this week.
Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo say the 6-week-old giant panda cub is a healthy girl. Weighing in at 67 ounces or 4 pounds and measuring 1.4 feet long, the cub is the third female giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo. The first was Hua Mei in 1999 and Su Lin in 2005. A male cub, Mei Sheng, was born in 2003.
Following Chinese tradition, the newborn cub, born Aug. 3 at the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Research Station, will receive a name after she is 100 days old. The San Diego Zoo is currently home to five giant pandas, Bai Yun and her newborn cub, the father Gao Gao, 4-year-old Mei Sheng and 2-year-old Su Lin.