The elderly enjoy reading about famous personalities such as for example Margaret Thatcher. The article has recently appeared in the news and points out why Thatcher refused to fly with a panda.
Maybe Margaret Thatcher did not believe in panda diplomacy.The former British Prime Minister refused to share a flight to Washington with a giant panda on an official visit.
In 1981, the president of the London Zoological Society, Lord Zuckerman, asked if Thatcher would take a male panda named Chia-Chia to the United States on her Concorde flight.The US wanted to borrow the male panda so that he could mate with its female panda.
Lord Zuckerman said it was a way to demonstrate the special relationship between the two countries.But Thatcher was not impressed.“I am not taking a panda with me”, she wrote in blue pen on the document.
“Pandas and politicians are not happy omens!” she wrote.
Thatcher suggested another arrangement: Chia-Chia travels on a separate plane.The male panda stayed in the US for three months, but sadly the mating was not successful.
Source: CNN [online] / http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/29/europe/margaret-thatcher-uk-us-panda/index.html.
Adapted by: Jodie Hruby, UK/USA.