In the secluded mountainous areas of Sichuan Province in southwestern China is a panda breeding base called Wolong National Nature Reserve, part of the China Giant Panda Research and Conservation Center.
Here, panda keepers are decked out in onesies smelling of female panda urine and feces, dragging a bunch of bamboo shoots to feed panda cubs. The ultimate goal of this bizarre but adorable set-up? For these monochromatic bears to go back to the wild and survive with as little human intervention as possible.
Besides putting on the panda onesies which were rubbed on panda’s pee to cover the human scent, panda keepers at the research center also regularly weigh panda cubs and engage in behavioral training to make them comfortable with their living environment.
Pandas undergo behavioral training to adapt to a natural living environment. A panda keeper explains,
Pandas are not what they seem to ordinary people, despite appearing to be very adorable. Although our pandas were raised in captivity, they still retain their wild nature.