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Zoologist Lucy Cooke says we infantilize pandas because they look cute. "We don't think of them as bears," she says. "We think of them as helpless evolutionary mishaps." Though captive breeding programs get a lot of press, she wishes that there were more emphasis on maintaining their natural habitat. Above, panda cubs at a conservation center in Wenchuan in China's southwestern Sichuan province.

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Who Cares If They're Cute? This Zoologist Accepts Animals On Their Own Terms

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro / NPR

Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren't doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Her book The Truth About Animals is organized around "fact and not sentimentality."

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