Researchers Disguise As Pandas To Save The Endangered Animals

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. With less than 3,000 Giant Pandas left in the wild, researchers in China are doing everything they can, to ensure that the cuddly mammal does not disappear altogether - Including, posing as Pandas themselves!

Chinese conservationists at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center in Western China have taken to wearing fluffy Panda suits whenever they are tending to baby Pandas at the center.

The reason behind this is to ensure that the babies are surrounded by their own species and not humans. Scientists are hoping that by doing this, the animals will be able to adjust better, when they are eventually released and have to fend for themseleves in the wild.

Previous experience with Pandas reared by humans has not been good. In 2006 a five-year old male Xiang Xiang seemed to doing well when first released - However, a few months later he got into a fight, and was killed by a group of wild Pandas.

The researchers believe that it may be because the wild Pandas sensed something different about the human-reared Xiang Xiang. Whether dressing up as a Giant Panda will be effective is not proven, but the desperate scientists are willing to give it a try.

Giant Pandas numbers have rapidly declined over the last decade, largely due to the loss of their primary source of food - Bamboo, which can now only be found in a few forests thanks to de-forestation and land cleared out for farming. Added to this, is the fact that they have a hard time breeding and even when Panda's give birth, the mothers often get tired of their energetic cubs and abandon them. All these factors make it even more crucial for researchers to figure out how to raise these mammals and help them rehabilitate in the wild.

Sources: thesun.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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736 Comments
  • Animal kooolMonday, November 13, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    It's that they are endangerd
    • PANDAS DIE Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:21 am
      wow pandas are gross why are they trying to save them?
      • 7erenjaeger
        7erenjaegerTuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9:16 am
        Because then pandas will be extinct and then you will have no more chubby animals to look in the zoo :|
      • weirdo :PWednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:18 am
        :P lets hope pandas are safe now
        • werdio :PMonday, October 9, 2017 at 11:33 am
          uhh dude we have opions
          • Panda haterMonday, October 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm
            This is bad
            • MatthewFriday, September 29, 2017 at 9:14 am
              Pandas are cute
              • pandalover1Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm
                I love PANDAS
                • pandalover1Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 3:37 pm
                  so c u t e ( : ( : ( :
                  • Panda BruhTuesday, April 11, 2017 at 8:28 am
                    well at least their trying
                    • bekahboo
                      bekahbooTuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:51 am
                      funny