The Hetaoping Panda Costume Project Prepares the Young for Release

 - Dec 8, 2010
References: telegraph & inventorspot
If you were wondering when these black and white bears picked up Cantonese and the ability to walk on their hind legs, you'll be reassured to know that these pictures are part of the Hetaoping panda costume project. In other words, the walking furry figures are in fact human.

Carried out within the Sichuan Wolong National Nature Reserve at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center, the intention of the undertaking is to support the endangered Giant Panda population. The Hetaoping panda costume project exposes young cubs to panda-like mentors that will ease them into their own community when they integrate back into the wild.