As Chinese tradition dictates, panda babies get their official first name 100 days after birth.
They are named Yuandudu and Huanlili. These names “evoke the desire for healthy growth for babies and symbolize the deep ties between China and France”. The two panda twins from Beauval Zoo received their final first name this Thursday during a ceremony in the presence of Kylian Mbappé.
Until then, they had the tentative names “Cotton Flower” and “Little Snow”. The ceremony took place according to Chinese tradition: The little pandas get their final first name 100 days after their birth. The two twins are just over three months old this Thursday and were born on August 2nd.
More than 122,000 people participated in a vote for this baptism. But for many days, the results have been kept secret. The ceremony also follows a very strict protocol. For example, the babies could not be seen all day until the time of onset ceremony.
It is a very symbolic moment, which is broadcast all over China. In addition, babies have luxury sponsors. French football star Kylian Mbappé and Chinese diver Zhang Jianpi were present in Beauval to reveal the first names.
Members of a protection program
Traditionally, it is the Chinese first lady who is responsible for naming the pandas. However, the two small binoculars belong to China, but are currently on loan to Beauval ZooParc as part of a conservation and protection program. China had thus put forward a proposal for ten first names, all of which sounded Chinese, and Internet users were invited to vote for their favorites on the zoo’s website.
Yuandudu and Huanlili will not stay in France indefinitely. “They want to leave: they are part of a protection and conservation program. They are on loan from China. And yet they have to leave to reproduce. This is the case for other species born in this park,” Delphine explains. Delord, Managing Director associated with ZooParc de Beauval at the microphone of BFMTV.