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'Pandas' at zoo in China turn out to be dogs dyed black and white

By T.K. Randall
May 9, 2024 · Comment icon 8 comments
Panda dog.
Not your typical panda... (file photo). Image Credit: Midjourney
A zoo in China is under fire for reportedly misleading visitors with fake pandas that are actually just dogs.
When Taizhou Zoo in China's Jiangsu province opened a new "panda" exhibit earlier this month, visitors flocked to the enclosure to view what they assumed would be giant pandas.

To say that they were disappointed by what they actually saw there would be an understatement.

Instead of giant pandas, the new exhibit contained chow chows - a type of dog with a thick coat.

What's more, the dogs had been dyed black and white to make them look like pandas.

The incident sparked a great deal of criticism and debate, with the zoo arguing that it had accurately described its new exhibit as "panda dogs" and that therefore it was not misleading.
"This is just a new display we offer to visitors," the zoo told local news outlet The Global Times.

"We are not charging extra. The wording featuring chow chow dogs is correct and exactly describes what they are, so we are not cheating our visitors."

This isn't the first time a zoo in China has been accused of these types of shenanigans - back in 2010, a park in Zhengzhou, Henan province tried to pass dogs off as tigers by dying them a different color.

Suffice to say, such tactics tend to backfire once the public actually finds out about them.

You can check out the "pandas" in the video below.

Source: Sky News | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Abramelin 10 days ago
They said "panda DOGS". What's the real problem here?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cho Jinn 10 days ago
The zoo is having a ruff time handling this PR nightmare.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Alpha_Q 10 days ago
No kidding. Seems pretty black and white to me.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Torviking 9 days ago
Don’t Panda to them.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nosy.Matters 9 days ago
Nothing like comments hehee .
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 8 days ago
lol, that's so funny !
Comment icon #7 Posted by Alchopwn 7 days ago
Tofu Dreg Pandas
Comment icon #8 Posted by Berwen 7 days ago
The zoo owners say they are not cheating their customers but they are misleading their customers with the word "Panda"

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