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Chinese Researchers Dress Up In Adorable, Slightly Creepy Panda Costumes

In order to reintroduce the pandas to the wild — and avoid having any human influence on them.

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For the past two years, researchers at China's Wolong National Nature Reserve have been working to reintroduce giant panda Caocao and her cub Taotao to the wild.

While interacting one-on-one with the pandas, they (amazingly) wear costumes to ensure Taotao's environment is devoid of any human influence...

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4. Feb. 20, 2011:

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Here, Taotao at six months, being transferred to a larger enclosure at the beginning of the second phase of reintroduction.

5. May 3:

China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC / Reuters

A researcher approaches Taotao again. This time, the young panda and its mother are being transferred to a bigger, more complex living enclosure — the beginning of the third phase of reintroduced them to the wild.

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