The cub born to giant pandas Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui of the Chiang Mai Zoo in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, which are on loan from China, has been officially named “Lin Bing” on Monday…Lin Bing in Chinese means “a forest of ice,” while in the Chinese pronunciation the word bing is very similar to the name of Chiang Mai’s major river — “Ping River”…On Feb. 18, 2009, Lin Hui was impregnated with artificial insemination after all efforts to arouse male Chuang Chuang’s interest in mating had failed.

– Extracted from “New-born giant panda in N Thailand named’Lin Bing’“, Xinhua, 10 August 2009. Previous New Mandala coverage of related issues is available here and here.