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China Zoo Under Fire for Disguising Dog as Lion

China Zoo Under Fire for Disguising Dog as Lion

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A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking.

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The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.

It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made — but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled “African lion” was barking.

The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff — a large and long-haired breed of dog.

Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den, and another dog in a wolf pen.

The chief of the park’s animal department, Liu Suya, told the paper that while it does have a lion, it had been taken to a breeding facility and the dog — which belonged to an employee — had been temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns.

Users of China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service mocked the zoo.


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