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Mei Lan - Giant Panda Cub at the Atlanta Zoo

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On September 6, 2006 at 4:51 p.m. a nine-year old female giant panda, Lun Lun, pronounced Loon Loon, delivered a cub at Zoo Atlanta. The father of the cub is an eight-year-old male named Yang Yang. Both parents are at Zoo Atlanta on a 10-year research loan from China.

On December 15, 2006, the cub's name was announced during a ceremony that was held as part of the 100 Day Naming Celebration according to tradition in many parts of China. The name Mei Lan, which translates to Atlanta Beauty, was selected by the public, receiving 22% of 57,015 votes cast for ten pre-determined names in an online poll hosted by Zoo Atlanta in conjunction with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On January 12, 2007, when the cub was 128 days old, Zoo Atlanta announced Mei Lan's media debut and limited public preview days. On February 23, 2007, Mei Lan made her long awaited official public debut.

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Zoo Atlanta's giant panda cub has its first health exam.  It's a girl!Giant Panda Cub's First Health Exam - It's a Girl!Zoo Atlanta's giant panda, Lun Lun, cares for her cub after its first health check.   Lun Lun Holds Her Tiny CubMother Giant Panda, Lun Lun, and one month old cub snuggle at Zoo Atlanta.Mother and One Month Old Cub SnuggleGiant panda mom, Lun Lun and her old cub enjoyed the warmth of their indoor quarters at Zoo Atlanta.Lun Lun Takes Good Care of Her Cub
The 92-day-old giant panda cub showed off her new teeth at her 11th health exam.Panda Cub Shows Off Pearly WhitesZoo Atlanta's 92-day-old giant panda cub stands on all four legs for the first time.Panda Cub Stands on All Four LegsLun Lun and her cub relax at Zoo Atlanta two days before the cub's name was announced.Lun Lun and Her Cub RelaxMei Lan's Media Debut on January 12, 2006Giant Panda Cub Mei Lan's Media Debut at Zoo Atlanta
Mei Lan looks in the direction of the camera as if posing for a portrait.Mei Lan Poses for the Cameras During Public Preview Days
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