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Panda fursuits for conservation

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Panda Cub from Wolong, Sichuan, ChinaThe Guardian reports that staff at Hetaoping Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda have taken to wearing panda costumes when caring for young animals, to avoid habituating them to human contact.

There are a couple of terrific pictures in the article.

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This reminds me of the California Condor recovery program, in which the condor chicks were fed and tended using puppets that resembled an adult condor.

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Oh yes! I'd completely forgotten about that. Great stuff.

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What worries me is that, in terms of instincts, pandas might possess the same squeamish rejection of costumed/masked people that younger humans usually have for no scientifically-verifiable reason.

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