Chinese zoo tries to pass off dog as an African lion
Have you ever heard a lion...bark?
A zoo in China attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff, a breed of dog with a bushy mane, as an African lion.
State media says the zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage, foxes in the leopard enclosure and nutrias in the snake den.
The zoo said it wasn't trying to fool anyone. It issued an apology to the public and has since closed for "rectification."
The zoo manager is also denying any attempt at deception, saying the lion had been lent out for breeding and would be back soon. The dog belonged to a friend of a zoo keeper who was on a business trip and he needed a place to keep his pet while away.
The manager also says the leopard had also been lent out for breeding, while the snake and wolf were merely sheltering from the torrid summer heat. The substitute animals had been drafted because an empty cage would have "looked bad.".
Media was alerted to the situation at the zoo by visitors who say the so-called lion was actually barking