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The lion that barked: China zoo under fire for disguising dog as lion

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The lion that barked: China zoo under fire for disguising dog as lion

<p>A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking.</p> <p>The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.</p> <p>It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made — but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled “African lion” was barking.</p> <p>The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff — a large and long-haired breed of dog.</p> <p>“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the paper quoted Liu, who was charged 15 yuan ($2.45) for the ticket, as saying. “They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”</p> <p>Video about the liondog:</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QuzrCDX6e6s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den, and another dog in a wolf pen.<br /> <br /> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/235526/600x354_1508-lion-dog-china-zoo-MASTIFF.jpg"><br /> <em>A Tibetan Mastiff. Photo credit CC BY Flickr/timquijano http://eurone.ws/18xawSq</em><br /> <br /> The chief of the park’s animal department, Liu Suya, told the paper that while it does have a lion, it had been taken to a breeding facility and the dog — which belonged to an employee — had been temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns.</p> <p>Users of China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service mocked the zoo.</p> <p>“This is not funny at all. It’s sad for both the zoo and the animals,” said one.</p> <p>“They should at least use a husky to pretend to be a wolf,” said another.</p> <p>Credit photo CC BY Flickr/istolethetv http://eurone.ws/16o8UN8</p>