There's A Zoo That Will Pay You To Cuddle Panda Cubs & Take Us There Now
Dust off that résumé and cover letter because we have a dream job to share: The Panda Center at China's Wolong National Nature Reserve is hiring human nannies to cuddle its panda cubs!
According to BBC Breakfast, the opening comes with an estimated salary of about 200,000 yuan (~$32,000 USD) and an unexpected dress code: An adult-sized, full body panda suit.
The video below affords a snapshot of what the average workday might look like: A lucky human frolics with three chill cubs, who seem content to snuggle, wrestle, and gently tug on the faux fur outfit.
But the cosplay isn't just for funsies: Per this report from The Telegraph, it's a measure developed to prevent the cubs from forming bonds with humans before they are reintroduced into the wild.
And it comes with one additional workplace hazard that might give the squeamish reading this pause:
"Keepers have sometimes had to smear panda urine or feces on the costume to mask their human spell."
Even so, there was no shortage of would-be applicants and volunteers on Twitter, where the news was first broken.
"Got any vacancies?", quizzed this man.
"What career path do I need to take to become a fake panda?", asked a second (and not for a friend it would appear).
The news was enough to trigger pangs of doubt in this woman. #careergoals
Of course, some people zeroed in on what was really important. 😂 😂 😂
While others reached deep into the pop culture canon for topical references. 👏 👏 👏
BRB, gotta go freshen up my LinkedIn profile!!!