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Benefits Cheat: Panda Fakes Pregnancy For More Food

Benefits Cheat: Panda Fakes Pregnancy For More Food

The world's first live broadcast panda cub delivery was canceled Tuesday — not because something went wrong, no, just because Mama Panda wasn't actually pregnant. She faked it.

Chinese experts suggested that Ai Hin, the panda who was supposed to be the star of the show, may have faked her condition to get extra bun rations, AFPreports.

Last month she showed signs of pregnancy at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, but according to China's news agency Xinhua, "her behaviors and physiological indexes returned to normal," leading experts to declare it a "phantom pregnancy."

Once a panda at the center is thought to be pregnant they receive 24-hour care, more food, and are moved to an air-conditioned single room. Xinhua noted that panda bears have been known to display signs of being pregnant after becoming aware of the preferential treatment.

File photo of a panda at Chengdu Center — Photo:La Priz

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Wagner's MIA Convicts: Where Do Deserting Russian Mercenaries Go?

Tens of thousands of Russian prisoners who've been recruited by the Wagner Group mercenary outfit have escaped from the frontlines after volunteering in exchange for freedom. Some appear to be seeking political asylum in Europe thanks to a "cleared" criminal record.

Picture of a soldier wearing the Wagner Group Logo on their uniform.

Soldier wearing the paramilitary Wagner Group Logo on their uniform.

Source: Sky over Ukraine via Facebook
Anna Akage

Of the about 50,000 Russian convicts who signed up to fight in Ukraine with the Wagner Group, just 10,000 are reportedly still at the front. An unknown number have been killed in action — but among those would-be casualties are also a certain number of coffins that are actually empty.

To hide the number of soldiers who have deserted or defected to Ukraine, Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is reportedly adding them to the lists of the dead and missing.

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Some Wagner fighters have surrendered through the Ukrainian government's "I Want To Live" hotline, says Olga Romanova, director and founder of the Russia Behind Bars foundation.

"Relatives of the convicts enlisted in the Wagner Group are not allowed to open the coffins," explains Romanova.

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