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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 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.
The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff – a large and long-haired breed of dog.
"The zoo is absolutely cheating us," the paper quoted Liu, who was charged 15 yuan ($2.45) for the ticket, as saying.
Whole story here: http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2013/08/15/chinese-zoo-under-fire-for-disguising-hairy-dog-as-lion