Sometimes, Scientists are Furries (photo)


37 Responses to “Sometimes, Scientists are Furries (photo)”

  1. XerxesQados says:

    I can clearly see his lack of handpaw.

    Magic. Ruined.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wore complete Pink Panther suite for a parade once (no, not that kind of parade) I wonder if I could work in a zoo?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I wonder what the pandas think of this uncanny valley.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it obvious to the baby panda, due to the potent non-panda smells coming from the synthetic fiber suit and the person’s bare hand holding the panda that the person is very clearly not a panda?

  5. dogcow says:

    Are we sure that’s a scientist in there :(

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t that container they are putting that panda bear in be considered “human influence”? I’m pretty sure they don’t have those in the wild.

  7. mistersquid says:

    The baby panda is going to grow thinking it, too, will be able to remove its fur for washing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Convincing. Somehow this reminds me of the fake boars in Princess Mononoke.

  9. dainel says:

    The point of the panda costume is so that the real pandas do not get use to humans. It’s not supposed to fool the baby pandas into thinking that they were real pandas. They could have been dressed as trees.

    The real question is why aren’t they dressed as Spongebob. It’s got to be a lot easier to make that costume. :)

  10. wil9000 says:

    Devoid of human influence.
    Hence the furries.
    This is so wrong in so many ways.
    But I still like it.

  11. apoxia says:

    I guess the panda cub accepts that plastic boxes are a part of its natural environment.

  12. aspec says:

    I guess baby pandas are dumber than I would have guessed.

  13. ondre says:

    Mighty Boosh already did this

  14. zombieite says:

    apparently the influence of evil, scowling pandas who abduct you and put you into small containers is considered harmless.

  15. Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

    Twice a week after work, I put on a totally realistic bear costume and hang out in the park. I don’t scare anyone. I sit around in the bushes, root around for berries. Once I pushed on a camper. You know, bear kind of stuff.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is so great. Then the wild panda will just sit around, not wanting to walk as it will expect to be carried by other pandas in plastic boxes – walking on their hind legs.

  17. Stefan Jones says:

    Next, the costumed human teaches the young panda about “good touch” and “bad touch,” and then the real zoologist and some security guards rush in and drag him away.

    * * *

    How soon until we start getting awkwardly composed spam for cheap imported furry suits? (“For approved as aid young animal handling exclusively.”)

  18. Grumblefish says:

    One look at the photo and I immediately started humming “True Love Ways” by Buddy Holly.

  19. TK says:

    I bet that panda cub got put in the box for refusing to eat the cheese!

    Even panda shouldn’t say no to another panda!

  20. osmo says:

    ‘Its “interspecies erotica”!’

  21. Nadreck says:

    Now that’s what I call a PedoBear!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Must…resist…South Park reference…GAH! The resistance! It burns!

    Seriously, though, that is a darn cute panda and a VERY well-constructed costume. Double thumbs up. ^.^

  23. Anonymous says:

    Remember: Please recycle your pandas.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I believe it is scientifically proven that furry mammal infants are comforted by a caretaker with fur even if something is a little off about it.

  25. facetedjewel says:

    ‘devoid of human influence’?

    By ‘influence’ we’re excluding how the researcher would smell to the panda? Pandas have a lousy sense of smell? The costume smells like another panda?

    • chgoliz says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. The sense of smell is so much more powerful in many mammals than in humans. Is the panda cub really being fooled, or just confused?

  26. Anonymous says:

    I knew there was a reason that I should have been a zoologist instead of a biochemist. Fuzzy bear costumes!!!

  27. Muskie says:

    Before you continue with the “pedobear” comments, i’d like to remind you guys that there are quite a few ACTUAL scientists out there who are furries.

    I know of a robotocist, an intern Geneticist, a Zoologist, at least two general science degree graduates, and a physicist who worked at CERN on the Large Hadron Collider(By the name of Higgs, natch)!

    And those are just the ones who live in Australia. :P

    So be nice! You don’t want a cadre of fuzzy mad scientists taking over the world, do you? :P

  28. baracudaboy says:

    I feel a small bit of satisfaction knowing that we furs may have ruined animal costumes forever for a lot of people.

    At least now you’ll just have to either deal with it and realize we aren’t freaks, just people with weird hobbies, or you’ll have to just keep on dealing with furry jokes and being freaked out every time like its something “new”, your choice mayn, your choice.

    • Tora Kiyoshi says:

      Hear, here! Personally, I’d love to put on my tiger suit and go watch some real tigers — just watch. Even playing with them, I’d get munched on! Alas, some dreams must stay dreams.

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