The names of the twin baby pandas at South Korean amusement park Everland have been revealed. The first twin baby pandas in South Korea have been named Rui Bao and Hui Bao. Rui Bao means “wise treasure” and Hui Bao means “shining treasure”.
The twins’ naming contest, which ran from Aug. 24 to Aug. 6, attracted nearly 20,000 people and generated more than 40,000 ideas. Everland held two rounds of online and offline voting on the 10 pairs of names that were narrowed down by the naming committee, and settled on Rui Bao an Hui Bao, a play on the word “bao” (寶 – treasure), which is the nickname of the Bao family. Nearly 700,000 people participated in the online and offline voting.
“We will consider opening the zoo to the public after the twins go through the process of adapting to the outside environment around the beginning of next year, when they have grown to the point where they can stably follow their mother,” said Jung Dong-hee, director of Everland Zoo.
The twins, who weighed just 180 and 140 grams, respectively, at birth, gained more than 30 times their weight in about 100 days, topping 5 kilograms.