The People’s Park of Luohe in the Chinese
province Henan has an amazing “African lion”
on exhibit for spectators. But the most
amazing fact about this proud creature
is that it’s actually a dog, not a lion.
As Agence France-Presse reports, the hoax
was exposed when the dog, a Tibetan mastiff,
According to the state-run publication
Beijing Youth Daily, a mother and son
heard the unexpected sound coming from
the alleged lion during a recent visit
to the zoo.
The paper says the zoo has been replacing
exotic species with substitutes, including
placing two rodents in a snake’s cage, a white
fox in a leopard’s den and a common dog in
a wolf’s pen.
“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the
visitor, Sharon Liu, told the paper.
“They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”
Liu and other zoo visitors reportedly
paid 15 yuan ($2.45) for the chance to
see the dog and other substitute animals
And this is far from the only case of
animal impersonation in China. There
have also been recent reports of
Chinese zoo officials painting dogs
black and white to make them look like pandas.
Liu Suya, chief of the zoo’s animal department,
told the paper that the actual lion has
been temporarily sent to a breeding facility.
“The wolf is somewhere else in the
pen and the dog is a pet,” another
zoo official told the Oriental Daily.
“The African lions will be back.
They went to another zoo to breed.”
The zoo’s head also told the paper
that the signs outside the African
lion cage would be changed until
the actual lion returns.
As reported by Eric Pfeiffer.
Oh my goodness why didn’t the Zoo just
put a sign out front saying they
sent the animals to another zoo to breed?
This is pretty funny if it wasn’t
something the Chinese did to their
citizens all the time in so many ways.
Bad Air, bad Water, toxic chemicals,
dumps all over the towns/cities,
relocating entire towns…farmlands..
But heck no, lets fluff up a big dog
and call him a Lion.. LOL