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Last Updated: Tuesday December 07 2010 06:12 GMT

Scientists dress up to check on panda cub!

Two scientists dressed up as pandas with a real life panda cub in their arms.

Three cuddly pandas in China, right? Wrong! The two big pandas are scientists who've dressed up so that they can care for the real-life panda cub in the middle.

A scientist dressed up in his panda costume.

If you didn't believe us, here's one of the scientists getting ready in his outfit. It might all seem a bit weird, but there's a good reason behind it...

A scientist dressed up as panda carries the panda cub

Hopefully the cub will one day be able to live in the wild, but for now the conservation centre where it lives want the panda's environment to be free of humans.

A scientist dressed up as panda carries the panda cub

That's why the cub's monitored by hidden cameras and if the four-month-old needs a physical examination, then the scientists need to pretend that they're pandas too!