Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a break from politics on Monday (Mar. 7) to help the Toronto Zoo announce the names of their adorable panda bear cubs. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and visiting Chinese delegates joined the 44-year-old leader in revealing that the four-month-old brother and sister cubs have been named Jia Panpan (meaning Canadian hope) and Jia Yueyue (Canadian joy).
The father of three was quick to note how envious his children would be to learn that he had the chance to cuddle with the furry creatures before the ceremony.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 7, 2016
Since their birth in October, the baby bears have been living in a special incubator to keep them happy and healthy. The zoo's staff has kept the public in the loop on their progress through monthly updates and cute videos. Since March 2013, their parents Er Shun and Da Mao have lived in Canada on loan from China. Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue are the first Giant pandas to be born on Canadian soil.
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) March 7, 2016
Earlier this year, the zoo asked fans to vote on their favourite names for the siblings and in the end, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue topped other contenders like Duoduo and JiaJia. While the prime minster was privy to a private audience with the animal stars, zoo patrons will have to wait until Mar. 12 to see the little ones up close.