Humans Dress As Pandas So As Not To Frighten Baby Panda, Just Everyone Else

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Just an FYI, your parents might have been pandas dressed in human suits when you were growing up. That is, if we subscribe to this model, wherein humans dress as pandas to care for tiny panda cubs before they are reintroduced into the wild.

Reports Metro UK:

The four-month-old cub is the first to be trained for reintroduction into the wild by the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan province, China.

But for the baby panda to be reintroduced successfully, the cub’s environment must have absolutely no human influence, which is where the panda outfits come in.

So you’re saying that these suits are less traumatizing than actual humans? I suppose you’re the scientists so-GAH!

That is one step removed from Frank the Rabbit in Donnie Darko. “Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?” “Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?” Or Howard the Duck. Or any number of weird movies featuring creepy animal mascot characters.

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