The wait is over… The cute furry trio have been named at last.
At just over four months old, the world’s only surviving triplet pandas are now called Mengmeng (Cute), Shuaishuai (Handsome), and Kuku (Cool).
And in case you’re wondering, it’s the two boys that are handsome and cool, while the little girl is obviously cute.
Their names were settled on after a nationwide competition offering $18,000 to the lucky winners.
And no, I don’t think they got their money’s worth! It would’ve been nice to see some more traditional names to go with their mother’s name Juxiao which means “chrysanthemum smile.” I guess at least they sound better in Mandarin than in English.
If you didn’t know already, the babies were born on July 29 at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangdong, and have just moved in with mom now that she can cope with all three of them together.
Zhang Hemin, director of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas in Sichuan Province, said the cubs are past the newborn “danger zone,” and have an unprecedented 95% chance of survival, according to CCTV News. That’s why they’ve only just received names.
Chimelong Safari Park general manager, Dong Guixin, added that the cubs are hard of hearing until their ears “open” in one or two months, and other memorable events in their development include teething and standing up.
The park put on a special party for the naming ceremony, with well-known pianist Li Yundi even playing classical music for the baby bears.
— WSJ China Real Time (@ChinaRealTime) December 16, 2014