At the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in China, one woman gets paid $32,000 for hugging pandas all day. The job description requires that the caretaker be able to spend every single day of the year in the enclosure with the baby pandas, providing comfort and playtime to help them grow healthy and strong.
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In other words, one lucky Chinese person would be paid $32,000 per year to be the pandas’ BFF.No word on who actually got the job, but one thing is for certain: They’re probably enjoying the hell out of it.
Being a panda caretaker could be the most enviable and fun-filled job in the country.Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday that a caretaker at the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya’an, Sichuan province, will earn 200,000 yuan ($32,000) a year, have the use of an SUV and receive free meals and accommodation.
Watching these adorable and surprisingly vocal baby pandas grow up might just be the job everyone didn’t know they wanted.The giant panda is listed as endangered in the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Species.