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Public to pick names for Zoo Atlanta's twin panda cubs

Two male giant panda cubs are shown in this handout provided by The Atlanta Zoo in Atlanta, Georgia, October 3, 2013. The zoo is giving members of the public a chance to vote on a pair of names for the baby giant pandas born there in July.

Two male giant panda cubs are shown in this handout provided by The Atlanta Zoo in Atlanta, Georgia, October 3, 2013. The zoo is giving members of the public a chance to vote on a pair of names for the baby giant pandas born there in July.

ATLANTA — Fans of the first twin giant panda cubs born in Atlanta will be able to pick their names from a list that includes monikers with Chinese meanings such as "blue sky and clear water," and "something indescribably beautiful and magnificent," zoo officials said on Thursday.

Through online voting starting on Oct. 9, the public will be able to choose from five sets of names suggested for the male duo by staff at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China.

The voting will be conducted on the website of ABC's "Good Morning America" television show, Zoo Atlanta officials said.

The combinations include names such as Mei Lun (pronounced 'may loon') and Mei Huan ('may hwaan'); Lan Tian ('lan tee-an') and Bi Shui ('bee shway'); and Tian Lun ('tee-an loon') and Tian Le ('tee-an luh').

The cubs - born in July - were the first giant pandas born in the United States in 2013 and the first twins ever delivered at the Atlanta zoo, officials said.

The cubs were the fourth and fifth babies to born to mother Lun Lun and male Yang Yang, both 15. All five cubs were the product of artificial insemination, according to zoo officials.

Giant pandas are an endangered species that only live in the wild in a few mountain ranges in central China. There are an estimated 1,600 living in the wild and about 300 in captivity, mostly in China, zoo officials said.

In keeping with Chinese tradition, the winning names for the twins will be announced on Oct. 23 when the cubs are 100 days old, the zoo said.