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Zoo seeks new name for rare red panda cub


While the cub was sleeping out of view on Friday, her parents Rouge and Rufus were having their own nap at their exhibit at the zoo.
While the cub was sleeping out of view on Friday, her parents Rouge and Rufus were having their own nap at their exhibit at the zoo.

September 15, 2012 — There's a new red panda cub at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and zoo staff are looking for the public's help in naming it.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is now home to three red pandas, after a female cub was born June 30 to parents Rufus and Rouge.

Zoo staff say potential names for the cub include:

- Mya, meaning 'emerald.'
- Anika, meaning 'beautiful' or graceful.'
- Kiah, meaning 'from the beautiful place.'
- Zhin, meaning 'treasure.'

Saturday, September 15, is International Red Panda Day, during which the curious can cast their vote on the cub's new name by visiting the zoo between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., or the Assiniboine Park Zoo's Facebook page, where voting will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday, September 17, after which the new name will be announced to the public.

The red panda's natural habitat stretches through Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and southwestern China.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as "vulnerable," with a remaining population of around 10,000.

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