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Madrid zoo names latest panda bear Chulina, or Cutey

The nearly five-month-old female Panda bear named Chulina walks at her enclosure at the Madrid Zoo in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Madrid's zoo has named its latest baby panda bear Chulina (Cutey), in homage to Chulin, the first panda born at the zoo 34 years ago. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

The nearly five-month-old female Panda bear named Chulina walks at her enclosure at the Madrid Zoo in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Madrid's zoo has named its latest baby panda bear Chulina (Cutey), in homage to Chulin, the first panda born at the zoo 34 years ago. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Madrid's zoo has named its latest baby panda Chulina, meaning Cutey.

The name pays homage to Chulin, the first panda born at the zoo 34 years ago.

The nearly 5-month-old female is the fifth panda to be born at Madrid's zoo. Its name also refers to bamboo, which pandas eat, in Chinese.

Chulina was conceived naturally by two adult pandas the Madrid zoo has rented from Chinese authorities since 2007. She is the first female panda to be born at the zoo.

The panda was considered to be in danger of extinction but there are now 1,864 pandas in their natural habitat in China.

China's ambassador to Spain, Lv Fan, said at the zoo Thursday that Chulina was the fruit of both countries' friendship and research into pandas.