Chan arrived at the 89th Annual Academy Awards with two stuffed animal pandas, complete with glittery Ugg-esque boots and UNICEF pins. He said he did it as a gesture of support for the animals.
“I’m the ambassador of [the] panda,” Chan told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. “After earthquake, they get hurt and I raise them. I have two pandas in China, my own. They go wherever I go.”
Chan received an honorary Oscar at the Governor’s Awards in November 2016 for his work in over 200 movies throughout his 56-year career. “I never thought I could get an Oscar,” Chan said Sunday.
In fact, Chan is an owner of two pandas in China! The reason why he carried the stuffed animals was to sell them for charity. The proceeds of the same would benefit conservation efforts. What’s more, the creation of these cute looking bears was even documented. In fact, according to his website, they are named Chan La and Chan Zy .
One of Chan’s stuffed companions also sported a UNICEF pin, representing the United Nations’ humanitarian organization that appointed Chan a goodwill ambassador in 2004.