The Politics Of Pandas

Mao gave them to Nixon, Edward Heath desperately wanted some, and now Alex Salmond has got his hands on two. Has there ever been a more political animal than the panda? In this special programme tied to the arrival of the two pandas at Edinburgh Zoo, Philip Dodd investigates how a lazy, bamboo munching bear with a marked reluctance to procreate became the political gift par excellence.

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2012012020130908As the world watches the pandas in Edinburgh zoo Philip Dodd investigates how a lazy, bamboo munching bear with a marked reluctance to procreate became the political gift par excellence.

As the world watches the pandas in Edinburgh zoo Philip Dodd investigates how a lazy, bamboo munching bear with a marked reluctance to procreate became the political gift par excellence.

Mao gave them to Nixon, Edward Heath desperately wanted some, and now Alex Salmond has got his hands on two. Has there ever been a more political animal than the panda? In this special programme tied to the arrival of the two pandas at Edinburgh Zoo, Philip Dodd investigates how a lazy, bamboo munching bear with a marked reluctance to procreate became the political gift par excellence.

China's pandas are political animals. As Edinburgh gets two, Philip Dodd investigates.