On September 3, 2016 Lun Lun, a 19-year old giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, gave birth to her second set of fe-male twins. Following an ancient Chinese custom, the 2016 Atlanta-born twins were to receive their symbolic names on their 100th Day Celebration. Tradition holds that when a youngster reaches 100 days, he or she has survived the fragility of infancy and is on track for a successful future.
Zoo Atlanta had an online popular vote to name its newest panda cubs, with choices of seven pairs of Chinese names that all ended in Lun with a reference to their mother. And so the world named these adorable twins Ya Lun (Ya means elegant) and Xi Lun (Xi means happy). Indeed, Ya Lun is elegant and Xi Lun is happy.
“The permanence of names gives us a celebration of achievement of the giant panda program at Zoo Atlanta,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “It’s also a tribute to our panda care team, helping Lun Lun raise two heathy thriving cubs.”
According to Animal Planet updates, babies Ya Lun and Xi Lun are doing well together in their nest box and receiving excellent care from their mama Lun Lun. She instinctively gives them equal attention and sometimes holds and plays with her babies together. These are relatively easy times, the experts say. Once the cubs are mo-bile they will be more demanding. We’ll try to follow the saga from time to time.
–Dr. Paul Hudson