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To help panda cubs adapt to living in the wild, researchers at a panda center in China wear panda costumes to work with them.
According to the Chinese news organization, 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.
They said the human attachment can hinder a panda's chance of survival when it is released. One drawback of the job is that sometimes, the keeper has to smear urine or feces on the costume to mimic a real wildlife situation per People's Daily, China.
They said it also protects panda cubs from getting too stressful. The costume will hopefully mimic the scene cubs are still with their mothers.