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Million baht for naming panda cub

2009-06-03 06:22:45 GMT2009-06-03 14:22:45 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Lin Hui, a 7-year-old giant panda, holds her seven-day-old cub in her mouth at the Chiang Mai zoo in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand Wednesday, June 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Wichai Taprieu)

Lin Hui, a 7-year old panda, and its two-days-old cub are seen at the Chiang Mai Zoo in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, Friday, May 29, 2009. The cub whose birth surprised Thai zoo officials is a healthy female that appears to be bonding well with its much larger mother, Chinese experts concluded Thursday. (AP Photo/Wichai Taprieu)

Lin Hui, a 7-year old giant panda holds its five-day old cub while breast feeding it at the Chiang Mai zoo in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand Monday, June 1, 2009. The healthy female panda cub whose birth surprised Thai zoo officials last week has joined the United States and Japan as the only countries outside of China to breed a Giant Panda in captivity. (AP Photo/Wichai Taprieu)

A giant panda cub sits in the hands of a veterinarian during a health check at the Chiang Mai zoo in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand Tuesday, June 2, 2009. The six-day-old panda cub was the first panda born in Thailand and the world for 2009 and has joined the United States and Japan as the only countries outside of China to breed a Giant Panda in captivity. (AP Photo/Wichai Taprieu)

A four-day-old Giant Panda cub sits in the hand of a veterinarian at Chiang Mai zoo in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand Sunday, May 31, 2009. The healthy female panda cub whose birth surprised Thai zoo officials last week has joined the United States and Japan as the only countries outside of China to breed a Giant Panda in captivity. (AP Photo/Wichai Taprieu)

A one million prize is being offered for the winner of a contest to name the baby panda born in Chiang Mai last week.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti announced the competition on Tuesday after a visit to the Chiang Mai Zoo to see the new panda cub, which is now seven days old.

He said the contest was open to people all over the country. The entries would be shortlisted to four. Each of them would get 400,000 baht and a round-trip air ticket to visit panda sites in China.

One of the four names would then be selected for the new panda and the winner would get the winning prize of one million baht.

Mr Suwit also said Thailand would ask to extend the 10 year period the two adult pandas, Lin Hui and her celibate mate Chuang Chuang, are on loan from China, which has four years to run. Under the agreement any cubs must be returned when they turn two years.

Representatives of the Zoological Park Organisation would go first to China for negotiations and the prime minister would follow for government-level talks early next month, he said.

The minister also presented a birth certificate for the new panda cub, which was bred by artificial insemination, to Chiang Mai Zoo.

(Agencies)

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