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These Panda Carers Wear Scary, Pee-Soaked Costumes But It's For A Good Cause

If you go down to the woods today...

Posted on March 17, 2017, at 5:38 p.m. ET

Welcome to the Wolong Nature Reserve in China's Sichuan province. It's run by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda.

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It's similar to other panda sanctuaries you may be thinking of except for one small, terrifying detail: the caretakers wear these creepy panda costumes.

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As National Geographic reported, certain young independent pandas at the reserve are specially selected to train to live in the wild.

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To make sure the pandas don't get used to humans, the dedicated caretakers at the sanctuary wear special panda outfits and cover themselves in the animals' urine.

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The pandas go through three different levels of "wild training" as they are gradually moved to larger and larger enclosures.

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If they pass all their tests, the once-captive pandas are officially released into the wild.

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The panda conservationists sure are heroes...

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But that's not to say I wouldn't go running in the other direction if I came across this in the woods...

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