Prince George may be exhibited at Edinburgh Zoo if Tian Tian the panda fails to give birth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already hinted at the arrangement which is hoped will raise money for the zoo and give Prince William and the Duchess a much needed break from their parental duties.
'In recent comments,' an Edinburgh Zoo spokesman said,'Prince William has pointed out that his son exhibits animal instincts.'
The spokesman said the zoo believed a caged Prince George would bring visitors to the zoo, 'although realistically we don't expect the large crowds a baby panda would attract'.
It is understood the royal couple are considering a request by the zoo for Prince George to be dressed as a baby panda and are already experimenting in feeding their son bamboo shoots.
'Prince William,' the spokesman said,'has said that his son has the roar of a lion, which is nice.'
'Although,'the spokesman added, 'a lion's roar isn't really appropriate for a royal baby aping a baby panda.'