Get Paid to Cuddle with Baby Pandas
One of the oddest and most enticing jobs in the world was listed on the web thanks to China. It pays 200,000 yuan (roughly $32,000), includes accommodation, meals and an SUV for transport. The job title is none other than Panda Caretaker.
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The Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in China once made a worldwide call for all panda lovers. Organizers said, “Your work only has one mission: spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows.” This could be translated into, “mostly cuddling.”
The whole purpose of this program is to create awareness and interest in pandas due to the decreasing population as a result of the poor state of their habitat.
Because of the importance of this campaign, Ye Mingxin, co-organizer, said that he thinks this job is not as easy as one could think. “You need perseverance for this job. 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.
Even though the job had a few requirements, as were being at least 22 years old, having writing and photography skills, and some basic knowledge of pandas, the amount of applications received surpassed the 100,000 mark.
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to apply for this position, but for your amusement, this is the recruiting website fun.sohu.com, feel free to try navigating and be prepared to spend at least 5 minutes exploring it.