A panda bear at this breeding center in China is the master of selfies poses, and these pictures with a lucky tourist prove it. Dujiangyan Panda Base in Chengdu city allows visitors to take pictures with the animals and there’s no doubt that this panda knows how to show off her best side.
The pictures have quickly gone viral on Chinese social media and it’s easy to see why. The panda snuggles up to the woman and poses like a pro with her paw under her chin. She even appears to want to use the selfie stick herself in one of the pictures.
Although it’s been reported elsewhere that the panda in the pictures is participating in a release program, other sources say that isn’t true. Pandas that are involved in reintroduction programs aren’t allowed to come in contact with humans.
Cute as the pictures may be, some animal advocates have criticized them for sending the wrong message about interactions with wild animals. The selfies are technically exploiting the helpless panda bear and make it seem like an animal’s worth is tied to its entertainment value.