Vienna's new panda to be called 'Happy Tiger': zoo

Nov 22, 2010
This handout photo taken on November 2 and released by the Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo, shows a baby panda sitting in a scale at the zoo in Vienna. The baby panda is to be called Fu Hu, or Happy Tiger in Mandarin, the zoo announced.

The baby panda born in August at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is to be called Fu Hu, or Happy Tiger in Mandarin, the zoo announced on Monday.

The name was chosen via an online vote in which more than 25,000 people took part, the zoo said in a statement.

By the time voting closed at midnight on Sunday, 50.1 percent had voted for the name Fu Hu, while 40.8 percent voted for the name Wei Xing which means Vienna's Joy.

The cub -- only the second in Europe to be conceived naturally in captivity -- will be officially named at a special naming ceremony on December 13, which will be attended by a delegation from Beijing.

According to Chinese tradition, Giant Pandas are not officially named before they are 100 days old, because the mortality rate in the first year is so high, at about 40 percent, according to the zoo.

Fu Hu is the baby brother of Fu Long, now three, who was Europe's first panda to be naturally conceived in captivity, but who has since been returned to China and now lives at the Bifengxia panda reserve in Sichuan province.

, even when conceived abroad, are the property of the Republic of China and only loaned to foreign zoos.

Mother Yang Yang and father Long Hui are also due to leave Schoenbrunn Zoo, the oldest in the world, in 2013.

Explore further: Purring tempo, sliding notes grab cats' attention

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Second panda born in Vienna zoo

Aug 24, 2010

Another panda has been born in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo, the second in Europe to be conceived naturally in captivity, the zoo said Tuesday.

It's a boy, US zoo says of baby panda

Nov 19, 2010

It's a boy! The giant panda cub born earlier this month at the Atlanta Zoo is a little fellow with a big belly who is already showing his black and white markings, a zoo spokeswoman said Friday.

US-born panda gives birth to eighth cub

Sep 17, 2010

A giant panda born in the United States gave birth to her eighth cub Friday, a rare feat for the endangered species, which has been notoriously difficult to breed, Chinese state press reported.

It's a girl: Thai zoo says panda cub is doing well

May 28, 2009

A one-day-old panda cub born in Thailand after years of artificial insemination and efforts to get its celibate parents to mate is a healthy female with a loud cry, a zoo official said Thursday.

Recommended for you

China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas

21 hours ago

(AP)—Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. According to a census by China's State Forestry Administration, the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in ...

A molecular compass for bird navigation

Feb 27, 2015

Each year, the Arctic Tern travels over 40,000 miles, migrating nearly from pole to pole and back again. Other birds make similar (though shorter) journeys in search of warmer climes. How do these birds manage ...

100,000 bird samples online

Feb 27, 2015

The Natural History Museum (NHM) in Oslo has a bird collection of international size. It is now available online.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.