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Voting to pick baby panda's name at western Japan zoo set to start

This photo shows a baby giant panda, whose name will be chosen by a public vote, in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on March 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Adventure World)

WAKAYAMA -- A western Japan zoo announced on March 2 three final candidates for the name of a female giant panda born in November last year. Voting to select the name is scheduled to be conducted from March 4 through 11 via a special page on the zoo's official website.

    The three candidates are: Kohin, which means to shine a warm light in the hearts of those who see the cub; Shohin, in hopes to bring smiles to many people's faces; and Fuhin, meaning to grow like maple trees that change colors beautifully in autumn.

    The names were suggested by the public between Dec. 24, 2020, and Feb. 23, 2021, and the staff of the Adventure World theme park in the town of Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, narrowed it down to three proposals from over 110,000 nominations.

    This photo shows a baby giant panda, whose name will be chosen by a public vote, and her mother Rauhin on March 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Adventure World)

    The baby panda, which was born on Nov. 22, 2020, and turned 100 days old on March 2, weighs 5,500 grams (157 g at birth) and is 73.5 centimeters long (20.5 cm at birth). She can now crawl on her front legs and has grown baby teeth. The date to start public exhibitions of the cub has not yet been decided.

    (Japanese original by Yukihiro Takeuchi, Tanabe Local Bureau)

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