Liberal leadership front-runner Justin Trudeau has put a lock of his hair up for sale on the online auction site eBay, promising to give all proceeds to a charity that helps endangered pandas procreate.
The clipping, a curly lock taken from Trudeau’s bangs earlier this month, was posted for sale at a starting bid of $60. Proceeds will go to the Panda Procreation Project (PPP), a Beijing-based charity that aims to increase China’s giant panda population.
Trudeau’s hair auction comes just a week after the arrival in Canada of Er Shun and Da Mao, a pair of giant pandas who will split the next ten years at zoos in Toronto and Calgary.
"Justin Trudeau loves pandas, and if Justin Trudeau can help pandas by cutting his perfect hair, then Justin Trudeau is going to cut it off,” said Trudeau.
The giant panda is a notoriously difficult animal to breed. Female pandas ovulate only once a year, in the spring, and are able to conceive for a short period of two to three days. Some zoo keepers have resorted to extreme measures to encourage mating, such as playing Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On' to the animals. Seriously.
Trudeau’s wavy locks have been trimmed and styled in recent weeks to give him a more mature look as he campaigns for the party’s top job. Trudeau said he wanted to make sure his dark brown locks didn’t go to waste, adding PPP is a worthy charity.
“We need more panda procreation and Justin Trudeau is going to be there to make it happen,” said Trudeau, on April Fools' Day.
Pandas Are Everywhere
Giant panda named Yang Guang explores his enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland, in this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 12, 2011.
Justin Trudeau poses in this official photo for his boxing match with Senator Patrick Brazeau.
Huan Huan (France)
Huan Huan, a female giant panda eats bamboo inside her enclosure at Zoo Parc De Beauval on January 25, 2012 in Beauval, France.
Prime Minister Trudeau and his then-wife Margaret leave the city's Notre Dame Basilica Sunday afternoon after the christening of their 22-day old infant Justin Pierre James, Jan. 16, 1972. Tasseled shawls kept the baby hidden from photographers and the 10-degree-below-zero weather.
Eleven-month-old Justin Trudeau, urged on by his mother Margaret Trudeau, crawls up the steps of an aircraft in Ottawa Dec. 5, 1972 to meet his father, then-prime minister, Pierre Trudeau on his return from Britain.
Yuan Zi (France)
Yuan Zi, a male giant panda walks inside his enclosure at Zoo Parc De Beauval on January 25, 2012 in Beauval, France.
Pierre Trudeau is saluted by RCMP Officer as he carries son Justin to Rideau Hall in 1973. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/14/justin-trudeau-cries-cried-photo-loyalist-college_n_2690299.html">Justin Trudeau teared up when he was presented with a framed copy while visiting Loyalist College in 2013</a>.
Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau delivers a right hook to his older brother Justin during a play fight in 1980 at Ottawa airport as the boys await a flight with the return of their father, then-prime minister, Pierre Trudeau. Nobody was injured. Justin was born in 1971 and Sacha in 1973 - both on Christmas day.
Baby Panda (China)
A panda keeper feeds a four-month-old cub at the Panda Research Base in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on January 13, 2012.
March 1979 photo of the Trudeau children: Michel (front), Alexandre (Sacha) and Justin (rear).
It was a big day for Dad, but a long day for the three Trudeau children. Left to right, Justin, Michel and Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau attended the swearing in ceremonies of their father Pierre Elliott Trudeau as Prime Minister March 3, 1980 at Government House.
Tian Tian (Scotland)
Tian Tian the female panda bear looks out from her enclosure as members of the public view her for the first time at Edinburgh Zoo on December 16, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau and 10 year-old son Justin walk toward a plane at CFB Ottawa on Nov. 7, 1982.
Then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, left, watches as his 11-year-old son Justin swings on a chain during a tour of an old fort in the Omani town of Nizwa Dec. 2, 1983. Trudeau and Justin spent the day visiting the towns of Jebel and Nizwa 165 kilometres south of Muscat.
Yang Guang (Scotland)
Male giant Panda Yang Guang (Sunshine) relaxes in his enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo on December 12, 2011.
Then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau's 11-year-old son Justin jumps off an old cannon while visiting a fort along with his father in the Omani town of Nizwa and Jebel.
An enthusiastic Justin Trudeau talks to reporters during a news conference to promote avalanche awareness in West Vancouver Thursday Jan. 25, 2001.
Justin Trudeau stands at the base of a mountain near the evidence of a controlled avalanche at Lake Louise, Alberta, Friday January 12, 2002.
Po And De De (Spain)
Panda cubs Po and De De discover their birthday cake during celebrations for their first birthday at Madrid's Zoo on September 9, 2011 in Madrid. The two panda cubs, born on September 7, 2010 in Madrid, are the first giant panda twins to be born by artificial insemination outside China.
Justin Trudeau spoke to students as Sisler High School about the benefits of joining the Katimavik Project on March 9, 2004
Justin Trudeau, son of the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, leaves with his new bride Sophie Gregoire in his father's 1959 Mercedes 300 SEL after their marriage ceremony in Montreal Saturday, May 28, 2005.
Shin Shin (Japan)
Female giant panda Shin Shin eats bamboo at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo on April 1, 2011.
Then-leadership candidate Stéphane Dion crosses paths with Justin Trudeau, a supporter of Gerard Kennedy, at the Liberal Leadership Convention on Nov. 30, 2006 in Montreal. The day after he won the leadership, Dion told Trudeau he needed his help and urged him to run.
Former prime minister Jean Chretien meets Justin Trudeau at the Liberal leadership convention, Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, in Montreal.
Po (United States)
In this handout photo provided by Paramount, Jack Black meets Dr. Hayley Murphy before the naming ceremony of Zoo Atlanta's baby panda February 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The panda was named Po in honor of the film, <em>Kung Fu Panda 2</em>.
Funi the Panda enjoys eating her birthday cake to celebrate her first Australian birthday at Adelaide Zoo on August 23, 2010 in Adelaide, Australia.
Justin Trudeau poses in London, Ont., on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 with a group of youth who participated in the Katimavik national youth service program that he has been actively involved in. The funny faces came from a request by a parent taking a photograph.
Justin Trudeau raises his arms in victory after being voted in as the Liberal representative in Montreal's Papineau riding, on April 29, 2007.
Shuan Shuan (Mexico)
Panda bear 'Shuan Shuan' is seen at the Guadalajara zoo on July 20, 2010.
Justin Trudeau, then Liberal candidate for the riding of Papineau, on the campaign trail with his mother, Margaret, in Montreal on Sept. 23, 2008. Trudeau snatched the riding from the Bloc Québécois by 1,189 votes.
Liberal Justin Trudeau, then a candidate in the riding of Papineau, on the campaign trail in Montreal, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2008 with his mother, Margaret.
Fu Long (Austria)
A Panda cub named Fu Long (happy dragon) eats a cake on his second birthday on August 23, 2009 at the Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna. Fu Long is the first giant panda to be conceived and born in captivity in Europe.
Then-Liberal Leader Stephane Dion chats with Justin Trudeau in Vancouver before boarding the campaign plane to fly to Ontario, Oct. 7, 2008.
Justin Trudeau apologizes for swearing at Environment Minister Peter Kent in the House of Commons Dec. 14, 2011.
In this Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, Mei Xiang, a giant female panda, rests at the National Zoo in Washington. The National Zoo says breeding season has arrived for the giant pandas after a cub was born last year but died six days later. The zoo said Wednesday that female panda Mei Xiang and male panda Tian Tian are showing signs they are ready to breed. Also, Mei Xiang's hormones have been rising. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Senator Patrick Brazeau, right, and Liberal MP Justin Trudeau take part in a weigh-in for a upcoming boxing match Wednesday March 28, 2012.
Senator Patrick Brazeau, right, and Liberal MP Justin Trudeau take part in a weigh-in for a upcoming boxing match Wednesday March 28, 2012, in Ottawa.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks on as his wife Laureen holds a panda in Chongqing, China on Saturday Feb. 11, 2012. Two giant pandas will call Canada home for the next 10 years. It is expected that the giant pandas will arrive at the Toronto zoo in early 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, left, fights Senator Patrick Brazeau during charity boxing match for cancer research Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Ottawa.
Senator Patrick Brazeau, right, and Liberal MP Justin Trudeau take part in a charity boxing match for cancer research Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Ottawa .
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau celebrates after he defeated Senator Patrick Brazeau during charity boxing match for cancer research Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Ottawa .
SINGAPORE - MARCH 25: Visitors take photographs with a Giant Panda replica during a media tour ahead of the opening of River Safari at the Singapore Zoo on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. The River Safari is Wildlife Reserves Singapore's latest attraction. Set over 12 hectares, the park is Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park and will showcase wildlife from eight iconic river systems of the world, including the Mekong River, Amazon River, the Congo River through to the Ganges and the Mississippi. The attraction is home to 150 plant species and over 300 animal species including 42 endangered species. River Safari will open to the public on April 3. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau kisses his wife Sophie Grégoire after winning a boxing match against Senator Patrick Brazeau on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Ottawa.
Liberal MPs, including Justin Trudeau, look on as Senator Patrick Brazeau holds a Liberal hockey sweater on Parliament Hill Ottawa, Monday April 2, 2012.
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau trims the end of Senator Patrick Brazeau's pony tail out of respect in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill Ottawa, Monday April 2, 2012.
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau announces he will seek the leadership of the party at a news conference, Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in Montreal.
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau waves to the crowd of supporters as he holds his son Xavier and his wife Sophie Gregoire holds their daughter Ella-Grace after announcing he will seek the leadership of the party Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in Montreal.
Justin Trudeau, right, chats to his chief advisor Gerald Butts after taking part in the the Liberal leadership debate in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday, February 16, 2013.
Marc Garneau, left, and Justin Trudeau take part in the Liberal leadership debate in Mississauga, Ont., on Feb. 16, 2013.