Panda couple has local names before arrival in Finland

2018-01-08 02:06:30 GMT2018-01-08 10:06:30(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

HELSINKI, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- A pair of giant pandas have beengiven Finnish names prior to their arrival in Finland inmid-January, and the new names both have denotation of snow.

The male panda Hua Bao has been named Pyry, and the female JinBao Bao has been named Lumi, according to Finnish commercialtelevision MTV.

MTV organized a public vote, and the two names were chosen outof over 4,000 suggestions, the television reported lateSaturday.

Both Pyry and Lumi are common Finnish names. Pyry means"snowfall" in Finnish, whereas Lumi means "snow".

Kari Vainio, temporary managing director of the Ahtari zoo, toldMTV that the two names fit well "because they are snow pandas". "Wealso like their Finnish names very much," He added.

The Ahtari zoo, located in central Finland, has already got agood snow cover. Such natural environment is similar to the nativehabitat of pandas, said Vainio.

MTV said the original Chinese names of the pandas will bepreserved, but the zoo wants newcomers to have also Finnish names,which will be easier for Finns to recognize.

During the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Finland lastApril, China and Finland signed an agreement on joint research ongiant pandas. According to the document, a pair of pandas will besent to Finland and live in Ahtari zoo for 15 years.

The chosen couple is scheduled to arrive in Finland on Jan.18th, said MTV. A Finnish panda nurse and a veterinarian have beendispatched to China to familiarize with the pandas and to preparefor their life in Finland.