Only panda born in U.S. in 2010 named 'Po'
Actor Jack Black and Dr. Hayley Murphy of Zoo Atlanta watch over 'Po'
February 15th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Only panda born in U.S. in 2010 named 'Po'

The newborn panda at Zoo Atlanta was named "Po" at a special ceremony Tuesday morning.

It's Chinese tradition to name a panda when he or she is 100 days old.

Born to Lun Lun on November 3, the cub was the only giant panda born in the U.S. in 2010.

The baby panda's name is a tribute to the lead character from the "Kung Fu Panda" film series.  "Kung Fu Panda 2" will be released on May 26.

The cub's name was announced by actor Jack Black, who voices the iconic character of Po in the DreamWorks Animation films.

"In addition to the name ceremony, we're excited to announce Po took his first two steps Monday on his own," said Rebecca Snyder, the curator of mammals at Zoo Atlanta. "He's learning to stand, too." she said.

The baby panda lives in the Giant Panda Conservation Center, and spends most of his time with his  13-year-old mother. His father, Yang Yang, also lives at the zoo.

Tuesday's announcement is the beginning of an alliance between Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation.

"Our organizations share a commitment to giant panda conservation, particularly at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Breeding (in China)," said Raymond King, president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta.

Giant pandas are endangered, with fewer than 1,600 believed to remain in the wild.

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Percy

    Yes, all these Pandas do indeed belong to China ,however it "IS NOT" a loan.The San Diego Zoo had a pair and the cost was 1 million per year for each in money payments to China." NOTHING" from China is free !!

    February 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |

    why can't they give the bears some viagra or just whack em off then put it in the female bear?

    February 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sheesh

    Geez, with some of the comments on here you'd think they named it Pobama.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HRPufnstuf

    Just Po? I thought I thought that Pandas Pandas all had to have two names two names, like mama Lun Lun and papa Yang Yang.

    You know? You know?

    February 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |

      PO OP.. might be his full name? or how about po lice? po tater?

      February 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    I gotta pee, but I'm too lazy to walk to the can.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |

    i sneezed and shart my pants..

    February 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FlaClif

    How appropriate that the American Panda is "Po". We all Po Folk over here.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Whar's ma jelly jar? I need a drink!

      February 16, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. j

    Why not Bob or Frank or Lenny?

    February 16, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mr Stephens

    I took a huge po this morning.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew


    February 16, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Panda Po; has a nice ring to it.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. BUGSY

    The bible talks about something called "wormwood" read up on it. Hasn't anybody noticed all the volcanos erputing, earthquakes, birds mysteriously falling from the sky, millions of fish washing up on the shores,freakish weather, moving magnetic poles, disappearing bees & bats, the sun and CME's? Now add to that the Governments around the world building underground shelters, the world seedbank up on Svalbard island, the Mayan 2012, sudden increase in UFO sightings around the world with military, astronauts etc coming forward proving the existance of alien visitation.

    What do the governments know and what are they not sharing with all of humanity?

    February 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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