What We Loved This Week, Jan. 3 – 9

Published January 8, 2016

Chinese Researchers Wear Panda Suits To “Rewild” Growing Panda Population

Pandas Employee

A researchers wearing a panda costume pushes a cart of panda dung and eaten bamboo branches, that were cleaned from the wild panda enclosure, to the rubbish tip at the Hetaoping Panda Conservation Centre in Wolon, Sichuan Province, China on December 1, 2015. The researchers wear the panda costumes to prevent the wild pandas from becoming accustomed to humans. Image Source: TIME.com

Photojournalism is often a serious endeavor, requiring those in the field to possess an artist’s eye, an editor’s sound judgment–and in China, apparently, a panda suit. As the country begins the process of rewilding panda populations–or re-introducing the bears, whose populations are rising, to their natural habitats–it’s taking the utmost precautions to make it such that the bears have as little contact with humans as possible. Thus the panda suit that TIME photojournalist Adam Dean had to wear when taking photos of the country’s national animals. “Pandas destined for the wild will be less likely to gravitate toward humans if they don’t see people in people clothes,” fellow TIME employee Hannah Beech wrote. Read more at TIME.

Panda Sichuan Province

Researchers, dressed in a panda costumes, give a medical check to a 4 month old, female wild panda at the Hetaoping Panda Conservation Centre in Wolon, Sichuan Province, China on December 1, 2015. The researchers wear the panda costumes to prevent the wild pandas from becoming accustomed to humans. Image Source: TIME

Pandas Climbing

A captive bread panda plays in its enclosure at the Hetaoping Panda Conservation Centre in Wolon, Sichuan Province, China on December 1, 2015 Image Source: TIME

Tropical Instagram Photos Will Cure Your Winter Blues

Jumping Into Tropical Ocean

Bora Bora. Image Source: All That Is Interesting

In January, the average low temperature in New York City is 27 degrees Fahrenheit. In Philadelphia, it’s 26. In Chicago, 18. But in Bora Bora? 86. And that’s not to mention the radiant sunshine, picturesque palm trees, or water so turquoise it doesn’t even look real. Be it Bora Bora, Bali, or beyond, these tropical Instagram photos will help get you through the bitter winter cold.

Swings Turquoise Water Tropical

Maldives. Image Source: All That Is Interesting

Tropical Sunset

Seychelles. Image Source: All That Is Interesting

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