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Panda Possibly Fakes Pregnancy to Get More Food, Sweet Digs

Every time a panda is pregnant, the world flips out and goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure this somewhat useless species self-propagates its way out of endangerment. Pandas ain’t got time for babymaking. But they’re apparently smart enough to know how to gold-dig: a giant panda, thought to be expecting, was apparently faking symptoms of a pregnancy in order to secure a sweet pad and all the food she would ever want.

Six-year-old panda Ai Hin had all the physiological signs of a pregnancy, and was moved by the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre to better living quarters — in this case, a single, air-conditioned room, which is the panda equivalent of driving a Honda and then getting a Maserati. “They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life,” panda expert Wu Kongju told Xinhua.

The Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre was also hoping to livestream Ai Hin’s birth, but so much for that. And they’ll have to be careful with the next few pregnant pandas: according to Xinhua, phantom pregnancies are common with giant pandas, who continue to fake their symptoms after they learn that they’ll receive better treatment. It’s like Pavlov’s Dog, but with lazy pandas uninterested in their own survival.

[h/t Jezebel]
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