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Professional Panda Hugger Is A Legit Job You Can Have In China

Professional Panda Hugger Is A Legit Job You Can Have In China

Stop looking, quit trying, drop everything. China is currently looking for a PROFESSIONAL PANDA HUGGER to join the team at the Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre in Chengdu.

Yes, you read that right. It’s a JOB. Where you get to HUG PANDAS ALL DAY. For money!

Your one mission as caretaker of these excellent creatures is “spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows,” organisers told China Daily. “We want more people to pay attention to giant pandas’ protection work and participate,” they added. Participate we will.


The successful applicants will reportedly earn around 200,00 yuan a year, which is equal to around $43,000 AUD. Free meals, accommodation and a company car are included. Uh, I’ll take it?


There are a few prerequisites to land this dream job. You have to be at least 22-years-old, have a basic knowledge of pandas, be literate and know how to take pictures. The centre’s job recruiter Ye Mingxin says to succeed in this position, you’ll need perseverance. “We expect that the applicants will be mainly white-collar workers from big cities. They are used to eating whatever they want, but inside the giant panda base, the choices will not be plentiful,” Ye said.

I don’t know… it still beats sitting at a desk all day.

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You can apply through and there’s also be recruiting drives in Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou over the next few months. Good luck!

Check out Qantas flights to China here.

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