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Zoo Atlanta's Baby Panda Named "Po"

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  • Actor Jack Black and a Zoo Atlanta veterinarian pose with Po at the zoo on Feb. 15, 2011.
  • Zoo Atlanta's baby panda turned 100 days old Friday. (Courtesy Zoo Atlanta)

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta's new baby panda named "Po" at ceremony early Tuesday morning.

Jack Black, voice of the animated "Po" in Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda movie series, joined Zoo Atlanta officials and Gov. Nathan Deal for the ceremony announcing the panda's name.

According to traditional Chinese custom, baby pandas are named 100 days after their birth.

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Baby Po is growing under the watchful eyes of Zoo Atlanta veterinarians and staffers -- and will go on display for the general public at the Zoo later in the spring.

Zoo officials said 3-month-old Po is now about 10 pounds and just learning to walk . They said he is very active.

"When we're working with him on the examination table, all he wants to do is crawl and try to get off the table so it takes a few hands to keep him in place," said Zoo Atlanta veterinarian Sam Rivera.

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