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Keepers in China dress up as panda bears

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It may be October, but animal keepers in China aren't dressing up because of Halloween. It may be October, but animal keepers in China aren't dressing up because of Halloween.

Keepers in China are using some interesting techniques to get their pandas ready to be introduced into the wild.

Keepers at the Wolong Nature Reserve have started wearing panda costumes when interacting with the animals. It's aimed at weaning the pandas off human contact before they're released into the wild.

They had to lure a protective mother away from her son over the weekend so he could be trapped ahead of his release. Meanwhile, another mother panda celebrated her twin cubs' one month birthday Monday. She can only feed them one at a time, so one waits in the incubator while the other is fed.

The giant panda is considered a national treasure in China and captive breeding programs are helping bring them back from the brink of extinction.

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