Pandas reach for food held out on a line by Chengdu Pambassador contestant Chen Yinrong

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Pandering to pandas

Pandas reach for food suspended on a line by Chen Yinrong, a Chinese contestant of "Project Panda: The Global Search for a Chengdu Pambassador," on Nov. 17 at the Chengdu Panda Research Base in southwest China's Sichuan province.


Over the course of 10 weeks, hundreds of thousands of people from across the world competed for the chance to become a panda caretaker in Chengdu. In addition to Yinrong, this year's winners included Jerome Serge Pouille of France and Melissa Rose Katz of the U.S.


The winners will serve as Pambassadors for one year, during which they will receive training on panda caretaking and raise awareness of conservation issues.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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