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article imageVideo: Preparing a captive-bred giant panda for the wild

By Anne Sewell     Nov 5, 2013 in World
It can be tricky training a captive-bred giant panda to live in the wild. Staff at Hetaoping Wilderness Training Base in southwest China's Wolong Nature Reserve dressed as pandas recently to prepare a captive panda for freedom.
On first glance in the video, you might think that the panda would not be fooled by the costumes.
However, apparently, as pandas have a very sensitive sense of smell, the costumes are liberally coated with panda urine and dung to get the right, shall we say, essence.
Staff members at Hetaoping Wilderness Training Base have been wearing the specially-made panda suits to interact with giant panda Zhang Xiang in preparation for releasing her to the wild, which is scheduled for Wednesday this week.
The experts needed to train her in survival skills in order to ultimately release her into the wild, so that she can cope on her own.
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