People are obsessed with Pandas, and understandably so. Whether we're struggling to find one hiding in a sea of snowmen, dreaming of visiting one of their daycare centers, or dressing up as them and tumbling about in the snow, we just can't help but love these little black-and-white furry bastards.
But the worst thing about Pandas is that many of us will probably never get to see one in person. Pet one. Caress one. Carry one on our back. Feed it ice-cream. Hug one.
Well you can actually hug one, oh and you'll even get paid for it.
No, I'm not kidding you, the job "Professional Panda Hugger" actually exists.
Chinadaily reports that the Giant Panda Protection Research Center in Chengdu, China, hire people to cuddle with pandas full-time.
No, this is not a drill, you're given $32,000 a year to snuggle up to these adorable, dopey balls of floof.
The paper describes the job requirements:
“Your work has only one mission. Spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows. 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.”
Look, I know they're trying to make the job seem super serious, but honestly, you're getting fucking paid to hug Panda babies. Hell, if I made enough money I'd pay $32,000 a year just to be able to cuddle with the little guys every day.
You can brush up on your panda hugging skills by watching the video below.
Oh, and in case you're thinking that $32,000 a year is low, the cost of living is almost 40% lower than it is in the US, which equates to about $44,800/yr here. Food is also way cheaper, and if you want to own a home? No ridiculously high property taxes in China, like most major cities in the US. So Panda hugging could realistically be your full-time gig without the need of a second job. The only real problem will hating life outside your job. (h/t chindaily, boredpanda)