Andean Bear Cub Name Results Are In!

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‘Andean Bear Cub in Tree’
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Your votes have been tallied and the results are in — the two Andean bear cubs currently calling the National Zoo home are nameless no longer!

Almost 5,000 exercised their right to vote in this fun and festive zoo campaign. Here are the results:

Chaska for the female

Bernardo for the male

Chaska, a Quechua word meaning “dawn star” and Bernardo, a Spanish word meaning “brave like a bear” were chosen by all of you.

Now, the only thing left to do is go visit with DC’s newly named cutey-patootey’s Chaska and Bernardo. I’m sure they are looking forward to meeting you! You can visit with the cubs when they make their public debut this Saturday with their mama Billie Jean and poppa Nikki.

Rachel moved to DC in the fall of 2005 to study Journalism and Music at American University. When she’s not keeping up with the latest Major League Baseball news, she works on making music as an accomplished singer-songwriter and was even a featured performer/speaker at TEDxDupont Circle in 2012. Rachel has also contributed to The Washington Examiner and MASN Sports’ Nationals Buzz as a guest blogger. See why she loves DC. E-Mail:

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