Malaysian-born baby panda has been given a name
We're just sad it's not Pandamonium
It only took seven months, but finally, the baby giant panda that currently resides in Zoo Negara has been named Nuan Nuan, which means "friendly".
Born to Liang Liang and Xing Xing last August, Nuan Nuan is the first panda to have ever been born in captivity in Malaysia. Her name was selected from 22,830 suggestions from the public (no wonder it took seven months), via a nationwide competition held from November to December. Out of the pool of entries, 15 were shortlisted by the ministry before nine were sent to Chinese authorities to choose from. The person who submitted the winning name won a Perodua Myvi.
New Straits Times Online reports that Nuan Nuan weighs 16.5kg now. The time to visit our national zoo is now, if you haven't already, but be prepared for a bit of a squeeze with the crowd, all of whom we expect will be chanting 'Nuan Nuan' all day as they rush to get a glimpse of her.