Russia names panda cub katyusha

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Giant panda cub Katyusha is seen at Moscow Zoo in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 21, 2023. Russia's first giant panda cub born at Moscow Zoo in August was named Katyusha, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Wednesday. (Xinhua)
Giant panda cub Katyusha is seen at Moscow Zoo in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 21, 2023. Russia's first giant panda cub born at Moscow Zoo in August was named Katyusha, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Wednesday. (Xinhua)

Russia’s first giant panda cub born at Moscow Zoo in August was named Katyusha, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Wednesday.

The name was selected among the votes in a name contest which attracted over 380,000 participants, Sobyanin said on social media, adding that the name Katyusha finally won out.

He disclosed that the four-month-old panda cub is in good health.

“Katyusha is now four months old, has a lot of teeth and walks very well. She recently had a routine check-up and weighed 8.67 kilograms and was 79.5 centimeters long including the tail,” he said.

Katyusha’s father and mother are Ru Yi and Ding Ding, which were sent to Russia in 2019 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia.

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