Panda's Selfie Skills Are Next Level But Does It Promote Exploitation?

This Panda's Selfie Game Is Strong

This Panda's Selfie Game Is Strong

Clearly, this panda looks pretty happy. It's also apparent that this little guy is also fond of the odd selfie. The Dujiangyan Panda Base in Chengdu city, China, allows visitors to come and take pictures with the animals.

These images were posted to China's favorite social networking site, Weibo.

Couldn't Be Cuter!

Couldn't Be Cuter!

It didn't take long for the images to go viral on Chinese social media and it's pretty simple to se why, right? I mean, it's cute as hell!

However, not everyone is happy about it.



Is This Jeopardizing The Panda's Future?

Is This Jeopardizing The Panda's Future?

Some sources on the internet suggest that this panda is actually part of a release program, in which case, this type of interaction with humans would be absolutely detrimental to the success of such a program.

Looking Forward To Release?

Looking Forward To Release?

Animals that are involved in program in which the hope is that they may be released in to the wild and therefore, give the species as a whole a greater chance of maintaining a wild population, are not allowed to have contact with humans. It's pretty easy to understand why that is.

There are other people who have claimed that this particular panda is not part of any such program, and yet, some are still upset by these images, regardless of whether the animal is involved in a release program or not.



Sharing Space

Sharing Space

Many animals right advocates are upset that this type of interaction which is being promoted at Dujiangyan Panda Base gives people the wrong idea about wild animals. As undeniably cute as pandas are, the argument against the selfies and such behavior points to the suggestion that this would pin an animal's worth to its entertainment value, and not simply the value that it has as a living, breathing species sharing the planet with us.

It's a bit of a tough one, isn't it?