The Straits Times
Published on Oct 10, 2012

Researchers dress up to save the pandas


Images of researchers dressed in panda costumes as they interact with the animals in Wolong National Nature Reserve in China's Sichuan province.

Taotao and its mother Caocao were transferred down from a 2,100m-high mountain to Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for a health examination and to be prepared for reintroduction to the wild.
Researchers wear such costumes to ensure that the pandas’ environment is devoid of human influence, according to local media.