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Posted at 2:25 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Panda bonanza: Researchers try to dupe pandas with panda costumes (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
A four-month-old panda cub is carried by a Panda-costume-wearing researcher. (AP)

This is the definition of amazing-ness:

Researchers in southwestern China's Sichuan province are working to reintroduce giant pandas into the wild. To prevent the captive-bred cub from identifying with humans, the panda researchers dressed up like giant pandas. A 2006 attempt to introduce a male cub into the wild ended in tragedy when it was apparently killed by other pandas. The scientists hope to avoid a similar fate for a four-month-old cub with the costumes.

A four-month-old panda cub is picked up for a physical exam before it is released into the wild. (AP)
Researchers perform a physical examination on the cub. (AP)
A researcher carries the cub. (AP)

By Melissa Bell  | December 6, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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