Keeper wears panda costume to interact with cubs to protect them from human attachment


Keepers at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in southwest China’s Sichuan Province wear full panda costumes when they interact with cubs who will grow up in protected wildlife instead of in captivity. This is because human attachment can hinder a panda’s chances of survival once it is released. Sometimes, keeper has to smear urine or feces on the costume to mimic a real wildlife situation. This will also protect panda cubs from getting too stressful as the costume will hopefully mimic the scene cubs are still with their mothers.

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