BEIJING – A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking.
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. It quoted a customer who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made — but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labeled “African lion” was barking. The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff.
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.