Bamboozle small pandas for a living?
Blog Guy, I’ve read that some pandas are being reintroduced into the wild. This fascinates me, but I worry that panda cubs raised around humans won’t be able to adapt.
That’s not an issue. All the humans these cubs come in contact with are dressed as pandas.
I’m trying to be serious here for just a minute, Blog Guy.
I’m not making this up. See, here are “researchers” in China, taking care “to ensure that the cub’s environment is devoid of human influence.”
I gather the panda costumes totally fool the cubs, who don’t notice that these adults walk upright, speak a tonal language and take frequent cigarette breaks.
Awesome! So everything is just like it will be in their natural habitat?
Indeed, right down to such tiny details as the same kind of blue plastic storage containers real panda parents use to transport their young.
So do these “researchers” spend their whole career dressed as adult pandas?
Sadly, their careers are often cut short. Many are mistaken for real pandas, captured and put in zoos.
Er, can’t they just unzip their costume?
What, and leave show business?
Blog Guy, I have to ask. Was your headline on this item a clever reference to what pandas eat?
Clever? Most people would say no.
Researchers dressed in panda costumes check a panda cub at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province December 3, 2010. The 4-month old cub is the first in the center to be trained for reintroduction into the wild. REUTERS/Stringer