Wildlife worker dresses up as panda to play with cubs

The reserve aims to create an environment as similar as the wild as possible

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Take a quick look at this heartwarming clip and you could be forgiven for thinking you were witnessing a mother panda nursing her young cubs.

But in reality this is a wildlife reserve keeper wearing a panda costume scented with bear urine in an attempt to mirror the conditions it would encounter in the wild.

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Video footage shows the adorable cubs race to the keeper wearing the special suit and clamber all over him at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in China.

The Wolong National Nature Reserve is different from a zoo in that it attempts to create an environment as close as possible to what the animals would encounter in the wild - with minimal human interaction.

The worker is dressed in full panda gear and in preparation for the cubs to be released.

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In reality this is a zoo keeper wearing a panda costume scented with urine and faeces

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The Wolong National Nature Reserve is a well-known sanctuary for pandas

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The keeper – easily identified by his costume's slightly cleaner fur – rolls around in the grass with the cubs

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The keeper – easily identified by his costume's slightly cleaner fur – rolls around in the grass with the cubs.

At one point the cubs are even lifted up in the air by the keeper.

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A panda cub clambers all over the keeper

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The Wolong National Nature Reserve is a well-known sanctuary for pandas that prides themselves on providing a natural environment for the animals that's far from captivity.

A panda's chances of survival out in the wild can be reduced if they become too attached to humans.

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The zoo keeper – dressed in a panda costume – lifts a cub in the air

Hence why zoo keepers are prepared to dress up in panda suits smelling of urine and poo.

It comes weeks after a cheeky panda bit a woman after becoming fed up of posing for photos.

The naughty black and white creature – called Chengshi – was slightly irritated by all the attention he was receiving.

For anyone jealous of this wildlife keeper here are some treats you'll love

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A wearable towel with cute panda head is perfect for any panda fan and even has adorable paws! Wonder if it would fool the cubs above.

If you're still now warm enough then wrap up in this adorable throw .

Then go the whole hog and even snuggle into panda bedding .

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