• Short Summary

    HARDLY SINCE ROMEO AND JULIET HAS A ROMANCE CAUSED SO BIG A STIR OF INTEREST.?

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    HARDLY SINCE ROMEO AND JULIET HAS A ROMANCE CAUSED SO BIG A STIR OF INTEREST. LONDON ZOO'S GIANT PANDA, "CHI-CHI", FLEW TO MOSCOW TODAY (FRIDAY) TO MEET HER FUTURE MATE, "AN-AN". THE TWO PANDAS ARE THE ONLY TWO OF THE SPECIES LEFT IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE CHINA.

    VISNEWS CAMERAMAN BILL MCCONVILLE TRAVELLED WITH CHI-CHI DURING HER CELEBRITY FLIGHT FROM LONDON TO MOSCOW. AND CHAPERONED BY A KEEPER AND HER OWN VETINARY SURGEON SHE FLEW OFF FOR A TWO MONTH VISIT. ONE MONTH WILL BE SPENT IN QUARANTINE. THE SECOND MONTH WILL BE A HONEYMOON WITH RUSSIA'S AN-AN.

    CHI-CHI, WHO WEIGHS 235 LBS. (95 KILOS), FLEW IN A SPECIALLY-BUILT CAGE, SEEN OFF BY SCORES OF REPORTERS AND CAMERAMEN. HER ARRIVAL IN MOSCOW RECEIVED SIMILAR VIP TREATMENT.

    SHE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR. SAM NORTON, LONDON ZOO'S HEAD KEEPER, HIS WIFE AND THEIR THREE-YEAR-OLD SON, GUY. THE NORTON FAMILY WILL REMAIN WITH CHI-CHI THROUGHOUT HER STAY IN MOSCOW.

    AND, IN ATTENDANCE FOR THE FLIGHT, WAS VETINARY SURGEON DR. OLIVER GRAHAM-JONES WHO CAREFULLY RECORDED ALL CHI-CHI'S REACTIONS TO HER NEW SURROUNDINGS AND EXPERIENCES.

    THE FLIGHT WAS MADE IN A NORMAL BRITISH EUROPEAN AIRWAYS SERVICE FLIGHT ???. THERE WERE THIRTY-THREE OTHER PASSENGERS ON BOARD AND CHI-CHI SHARED WITH TEAM THE ATTENTIONS OF STEWARDESS MAUREEN GALLIGAN. MISS GALLIGAN'S LAST VIP PASSENGER WAS ALSO ON A MOSCOW FLIGHT - BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, MR. HAROLD WILSON.

    IN MOSCOW, THE RECEPTION COMMITTEE INCLUDED MR. IGOR SOSNOVSKY, DIRECTOR OF MOSCOW ZOO, AND MR. TERENCE GARRET, BRITAIN'S SCIENTIFIC ATTACHE THERE.

    IF THE HONEYMOON IS SUCCESSFUL, CHI-CHI WILL RETURN TO LONDON TO HAVE HER BABY. AND, IF SHE HAS TWINS, ONE YOUNG PANDA WILL JOIN ITS FATHER IN MOSCOW ZOO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEOGGGO6OUFERROFP9JI4Y8MG
    Media URN:
    VLVAEOGGGO6OUFERROFP9JI4Y8MG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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