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article imageChinese zoo in trouble for displaying a dog as a lion

By Anne Sewell     Aug 15, 2013 in Odd News
Luohe - A zoo in China got into trouble when a so-called "African lion" started barking. Turns out he was a Tibetan mastiff, which is a large and shaggy breed of dog, and rather different from a big African cat.
A zoo customer surnamed Liu apparently wanted her son to experience the different sounds that animals make. All well and good, but then her son pointed out that the creature in the "African lion" cage was actually barking.
It seems that the zoo in the People's Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, had replaced several exotic animal exhibits with common species.
The beast in question was, in fact, a Tibetan mastiff, which is a large, long-haired breed of dog.
Vive la différence:
A male lion
A male lion
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Chinese media quoted Liu as saying, "The zoo is absolutely cheating us."
Explaining that they had been charged $2.45 for the entry ticket, she added, "They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions."
Turns out that three other species housed in the zoo were imposters too. In a snake's cage there were two coypu rodents and in the leopard's den, a white fox. The wolf pen apparently housed yet another dog.
When the media asked the chief of the park's animal department, Liu Suya, what was going on, he said that the zoo does, in fact, have a lion. However, it had apparently been taken to a breeding facility. He said that the dog, which belongs to a zoo employee, was temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns.
The Verge has a photo of the dog actually in the lion's cage.
And Euronews dug in their archives and found this little treasure.
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