Earlier today, we wrote about a dog who can blow bubbles underwater and we referred to this canine as a genius.
But we take it back: the animal described in the following story is the real genius!
She’s a six-year old panda named Ai Hin, she resides at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China and she recently started gaining weight, producing more progestational hormones and moving significantly less.
Because she’s pregnant? Yes, that’s how researchers interpreted these changes.
But… no! Because she was faking her pregnancy!
Wu Kongju, an expert employed by Chengdu, says pandas comprehend the advantages to pseudo-pregnancy (i.e. extra bamboo!) and sometimes play a joke on their handlers in order to get more food.
"After showing prenatal signs, the ‘mothers-to-be’ are moved into single rooms with air conditioning and around-the-clock care," Kongju explains, adding:
"They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo... so some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life."
We love this story. We also love pandas in general.