xeni at April 25th, 2014 14:30 — #1
brainspore at April 25th, 2014 15:05 — #2
I think I just figured out why they've been having so much trouble with their captive breeding program. It's all just an elaborate scheme for furries to hit on bears.
crenquis at April 25th, 2014 15:10 — #3
But not as creepy as a guy named Mr McFeely and a furrie in a Purple Panda suit...
james4765 at April 25th, 2014 15:12 — #4
I dunno. Fursuits get pretty complex, actually - far more than these suits, which just remind me of the puppets that raptor rehabilitators use to feed hatchlings.
There's costuming, and there's fetishism, and I don't see the level of care I tend to associate with that...
samwinston at April 25th, 2014 15:30 — #5
That Panda is thinking "Help me, Help me please"
dloburns at April 25th, 2014 15:31 — #6
daneyul at April 25th, 2014 15:46 — #7
Yeah, Tao said that about them, but that doesn't mean it has anything whatsoever to do with the pictures in the actual photo essay. Here's a caption from the actual article, which doesn't speak, imply or even visit the idea that this is anything but the workers at the Panda reserve way of trying to minimize the impact of their presence.
Panda costumes hang at the Wolong National Nature Reserve. Keepers who interact with the pandas must wear costumes in order to mimic conditions of the wild. The costumes are made to smell like pandas too. Photograph: Ami Vitale
chellberty at April 25th, 2014 16:04 — #8
rider at April 25th, 2014 16:16 — #9
It puts the lotion on it's skin or else it gets the hose again.
mathew at April 25th, 2014 17:00 — #10
boundegar at April 25th, 2014 20:20 — #12
You know what's really disturbing? This guy would see a photo essay on costumed zookeepers and think "kinkplay." Particularly the phrase "deviant sex," which I haven't seen in years. What's deviant? Playing dressup? Maybe in China that counts as shocking.
thegrimsnark at April 25th, 2014 20:23 — #13
In Soviet Russia, pandas put people in zoos.
immutable_mike at April 26th, 2014 03:25 — #14
It's the indefinite article here that concerns me. How many ...? Never mind. I don't want to know.
dan_century at April 27th, 2014 10:30 — #15
Reminds me of the evil pandas in the LCD Soundsystem video Drunk Girls.
xeni at April 30th, 2014 14:30 — #16
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