Atlanta Zoo Panda Cub Named Mei Lan — Meaning 'Atlanta Beauty' After Thousands Cast Online Vote

Zoo Atlanta's giant panda cub was named -- Mei Lan (may-lan), which means "Atlanta Beauty," in a ceremony today.

Some 57-thousand votes were cast in an online poll to name the Zoo Atlanta giant panda cub.

The 100-day naming ceremony is customary in many parts of China. For panda cubs, the 100th day of life is a significant milestone because of the high infant mortality rate in the species.

The cub's parents — Lun Lun and Yang Yang — are on loan from the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding. They are at the Zoo Atlanta as part of a ten-year loan agreement.

Those voting chose from among ten suggested names.

The ten names included in the poll were chosen by the zoo, Atlanta media organizations and residents in the Sichuan Province of China, where the cub's parents were born.