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New Year's Day 2014 08:31 BBC Radio Scotland

28 minutes
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Friday 20 January 2012

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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