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Unexpected Guests As the cub chews his bamboo, two new figures

come into the clearing. T ey look like pandas— really tall pandas. T ey’re scientists wearing furry, black-and-white panda suits. T ese disguises prevent real pandas from

getting used to humans. T e researchers found this cub by accident. T ey were in the forest to check on another cub. T e cub they are looking for is older than

this one. It had been born in a research center, but released into the wild. T e researchers want to make sure that it is getting used to living on its own. T e cub eating the bamboo looks up at the

tall pandas. If these researchers look strange to him, he doesn’t show it. T ey back away quietly. T ey don’t wish to bother him. Once they leave, the cub shovels more bamboo into his mouth.

As this baby panda grows, it will spend more time exploring on its own.

A researcher dresses up like a giant panda. This disguise prevents the baby panda from getting used to humans.

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