Watching a grown man in a panda suit bottle feed a four-month-old panda cub may not seem like a breakthrough in this program to reintroduce pandas back into the wild, but researchers at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Centre sure seem to have their hopes pinned on it. They argue that for the baby panda to be successfully reintroduced into nature, no human influence must enter the cub’s environment.
So far, the pandas have successfully thrived in captivity:
The authorities say that they have passed the threshold of 300 captive pandas thought to be necessary for an effective reintroduction programme.
However, a similar attempt was made in 2006, which ended sadly when the male cub was killed by other wild pandas. The researchers currently only handle the panda cub in order to monitor its physical conditions and to check progress .
We’re unsure if the solution to such a problem can be solved by such an absurdly simple answer, the little human hands poking out are especially unconvincing, but we wish the best to the little panda and hope that the wild pandas won’t be able to smell the stench of human on him during the next reintroduction.