Chinese zoo draws flak for disguising hairy dog as a lion

The "lion" looked fierce until it started barking.

Agence France-Presse (via reports that a Chinese zoo in the province of Henan has come under fire after a visitor discovered that the African lion it kept in a cage was just a large dog.


The report, which was based on an article published by the state-run Beijing Youth Daily, said the son of a customer named Liu alerted his mother to the fraud when they went around the zoo to let the son know the different sounds animals made. Liu said that when she and her son stopped at the cage labelled "African lion," the animal inside it started barking. It was eventually discovered that the beast "was in fact a Tibetan mastiff - a large and long-haired breed of dog."


Aside from keeping a dog inside a lion's den, it was also discovered that three other animals inside the zoo were housed incorrectly. These include "two coypu rodents in a snake's cage, a white fox in a leopard's den, and another dog in a wolf pen," the report said.


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