Joy and Hope: Panda cubs' names revealed at event attended by Trudeau

The Toronto Zoo revealed the names of its twin panda cubs during a ceremony attended by the prime minister.

The black-and-white bears are named Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, the zoo announced at the Monday morning event.

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Their names mean Canadian Hope and Canadian Joy.

All three levels of govt on hand to celebrate naming of @TheTorontoZoo's panda cubs. pic.twitter.com/5gr98Plv8X

— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 7, 2016

The names were revealed during a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory. Their exhibit is expected to open to the general public later this month.

The five-month-old cubs were named by the public, who voted on a list of seven pairs of names chosen by a naming committee.

The options were:

  • Jia Bao (Canadian Treasure) and Duo Bao (Toronto Treasure)
  • DuoDuo (Toronto) and Jia Jia (Canada)
  • Jia Pengyou (Canadian Friend) and Duo Pengyou (Toronto Friend)
  • Jia Renjian and Jia Ren'ai (originating from a Chinese idiom that means "When Canadians see them, Canadians will love them.")
  • Jia Baobao and Jia Beibei (originating from a Chinese idiom that means "Two Canadian treasures.")
  • Jia Huabao and Jia Huabei (originating from a Chinese idiom that means "Two Canadian and Chinese treasures.")

The proposed names came from a naming committee made up of representatives from the city's Chinese-Canadian community and zoo staff. Feedback was also provided by an English/Chinese translator, and representatives from the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Chongqing Zoo, where the pandas' mother came from.

The cubs were born at the zoo on Oct. 13, 2015, to a female panda on loan from China to Canada for 10 years.

The small bears, along with their mother and another male adult panda, are slated to move to the Calgary Zoo in 2018, where they will remain for five years.



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