Three months after his delivery, the National Zoo’s panda cub now has a reputation.
Welcome Xiao Qi Ji, a Mandarin phrase that interprets to “little miracle” in English, the zoo announced on Monday.
The title was one in all 4 that the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute requested the general public to select from for the cub, who was born on Aug. 21 on the zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat.
From his first moments, Xiao Qi Ji has had a really public life. His delivery was live-streamed, and his progress and milestones have been watched by multiple million folks on the zoo’s Giant Panda Cam. He had a social media following (#PandaStory and #PandaCubdates) and his personal e-newsletter.
He had all the things, it appears, besides a reputation.
So final week, members of the general public had been asked to pick one by voting on the zoo’s website. More than 100,000 folks did so, selecting from an inventory that included three different Mandarin names: Fu Zai (affluent boy), Xing Fu (joyful and affluent) and Zai Zai (a conventional nickname for a boy, the zoo stated).
“After five days of voting and just under 135,000 votes, the winning name is Xiao Qi Ji (SHIAU-chi-ji), which translates as ‘little miracle’ in English,” the zoo introduced.
“Giant pandas are an international symbol of endangered wildlife and hope, and Xiao Qi Ji’s birth offered the world a much-needed moment of joy amidst the Covid-19 pandemic,” it stated.
Xiao Qi Ji, who weighed slightly below one and a half kilos by the point he was three weeks outdated, tipped the scales at 10.4 pounds last week. His title displays the circumstances underneath which he was born and the conservation efforts of the zoo and its Chinese companions, the zoo and institute stated.
At 22 years outdated, his mom, Mei Xiang, is the oldest large panda within the United States to provide delivery. Zoo veterinarians and scientists from the Conservation Biology Institute carried out a synthetic insemination utilizing frozen semen from Tian Tian, Xiao Qi Ji’s father, who’s 23 years outdated.
“This is the first time a zoo in the United States has experienced a successful pregnancy and birth via artificial insemination using only frozen semen,” the zoo stated. The zoo has a breeding settlement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, that means that cubs born on the zoo are transferred to China after they attain the age of 4.