Humans dressed as pandas. No, it’s not Halloween and it’s not Disneyland. It is China’s Wolong Panda Reserve.
In this protected area of Sichuan forest, researchers are pulling out all the stops to try and reintroduce Giant Pandas into the wild. According to The Telegraph, workers are dressing in panda costumes to minimize human contact with real pandas returning from captivity. Four pregnant pandas were released earlier this year, and now conservationists are monitoring a four-month-old captive-bred cub 24 hours a day on CCTV.
The conservationists aren’t acting overly cautious, given their past failures. In 2006, a male cub was released into the wild, and was subsequently found dead 10 months later, presumed murdered by truly wild pandas.