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'Lion' exposed as a dog at Chinese zoo

Posted on Sunday, 18 August, 2013 | Comment icon 35 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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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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Comment icon #26 Posted by DKO on 19 August, 2013, 5:11
A lot of Asian countries have a different view of animals. I went to a tiger sanctuary in Bali once. Drugged out tigers on chains really ruined it for me. Still see that image 'til today. The brochure said it was a sanctuary to help these tigers, yeah right... Horses carriaged up and down the roads in the hot city for tourists. In Thailand elephants on stage performing tricks every night (I didn't watch the show, just saw a lot of posters for it). I never go anywhere near animal attractions in these countries anymore unfortunately. Singapore zoo is the only decent place I've see... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Sundew on 19 August, 2013, 14:13
Haha, I wish! The health department came in and closed the place down temporarily and it was in the local papers! Plus I saw on the web a few months ago where health inspectors found an entire deer carcass in a walk-in refrigerator (complete with photos) in an Oriental restaurant, apparently having been hit by a car. Of course the owners said something to the effect that they were not serving it, that it was for their family's use, never mind bringing road-kill into a place where food is being stored. So yes, it can and does happen. You can probably find the article about the de... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 19 August, 2013, 15:00
I know about the deer one, but i've never been able to find a confirmed case of cat.
Comment icon #29 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 19 August, 2013, 23:25
I was in line at the local mart when the this asian guy in front of me asked the girl on the checkout what isle are the rat traps in as he needed about 25, the sad part of this story is he had the noodle house uniform on, it did close down not long after I wonder why.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Odds on 19 August, 2013, 23:32
Perhaps just the uneducated. I mean really... Really?!
Comment icon #31 Posted by brlesq1 on 21 August, 2013, 9:34
*shakes head*
Comment icon #32 Posted by The Unseen on 24 August, 2013, 0:55
LOL LOL LOL.I knew those people were stupid and would believe anything but come on,Why would they try and fake something like that,I think that they should shut down the zoo and bann them from anymore stupidity like running a zoo,The animals must be in danger of being miss treated or dumb things like that,What a Bogus excuse they had,Man they will lie at the drop of a dime.I think they should give back all the money they took in and send the animals to a REAL ZOO somewhere out of China.
Comment icon #33 Posted by SkepticalB on 24 August, 2013, 1:03
What do you mean by "those people"
Comment icon #34 Posted by WhyDontYouBeliEveMe on 24 August, 2013, 21:16
whats the different between a Zoo in china . with animals in a cage . and a Zoo somewhere out of china with animals in a cage ? care? love ? an animal living in a cage isn't something i call loving it and caring for it, even if it has good care , it is still in a cage ! . if you really loves animals you know what to do right? or are you one of " those people " ?
Comment icon #35 Posted by -M7 on 2 September, 2013, 0:06
So animals at a Chinese zoo are similar to the quality of stuff sold at Walmart. ZING!

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