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Posted at 3:41 PM ET, 05/20/2010

And the winners are....

By Washington Post editors

Chaska and Bernardo!
Andean bear cubs at Announcement_MM.jpg
Mehgan Murphy, National Zoo

Those would be the names of the National Zoo's new Andean bear cubs.

The two cubs were born at the zoo to four-year-old Billie Jean on Jan. 14 and 15. They are the first Andean cubs born at the zoo in 22 years, and the only surviving Andean bear cubs at any North American zoo since 2005.

The zoo had asked the public to help it choose names for the cubs who are found in South America. And nearly 5,000 submitted votes to help select from a list of names that held special meaning to the bears or the region in which they are found.

Chaska means "dawn star" and was submitted by the Embassy of Peru. Bernardo, Spanish for "brave like a bear," was submitted by Andean bear keepers.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 3:41 PM ET
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