Visitors to a zoo in China found themselves somewhat underwhelmed by some of the animals on display.
Suspicions were raised when visitors expecting to see the spectacle of an African lion in one of the enclosures were met instead by a much smaller creature that started barking at them. It turned out that the 'lion' was in fact a Tibetan mastiff, a dog with a distinctive furry brown coat. "The zoo is absolutely trying to cheat us," complained one visitor. "They are trying to disguise dogs as lions."
When questioned about the incident, the chief of the park's animal department told a local newspaper that the lion had been taken away to a breeding facility and that the dog had been placed in the enclosure for safety reasons.
"An animal described as an African lion at a Chinese zoo was exposed as a fraud - when the creature started barking in front of visitors."
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Source: BBC News
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