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Your morning adorable: Walk like a man, giant panda

November 18, 2009 | 11:53 am

An 18-month old giant panda is 



trained to walk on its hind legs to build strength ahead of the crucial mating 



season at a wild animal rescue and research center in Zhouzhi county in 



northwestern China's Shaanxi province.

How do you prepare giant pandas for mating season?  Well, if you're the staff of the Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue and Research Center in China's Shaanxi province, you start by strength-training.

So how do you strength-train a panda?

Apparently, you teach him to walk on his hind legs, a mode of locomotion he probably wouldn't try on his own. The method may seem strange, but we're not inclined to scoff -- after all, giant pandas are so endangered that it's believed there are fewer than 2,000 of them left in the wild, so any effort to help the species survive seems worthwhile (even if it does look a little odd).

After the jump, check out more photos of this fellow, an 18-month-old male, getting the hang of walking upright!

An 18-month old giant panda is 



trained to walk on its hind legs to build strength ahead of the crucial mating 



season at a wild animal rescue and research center in Zhouzhi county in 



northwestern China's Shaanxi province.

An 18-month old giant panda is 



trained to walk on its hind legs to build strength ahead of the crucial mating 



season at a wild animal rescue and research center in Zhouzhi county in 



northwestern China's Shaanxi province.

An 18-month old giant panda is 



trained to walk on its hind legs to build strength ahead of the crucial mating 



season at a wild animal rescue and research center in Zhouzhi county in 



northwestern China's Shaanxi province.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Associated Press

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