Chinese zoo makes do, passes canine off as lion
BEIJING — Behold the regal lion and hear its mighty ... bark?
A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported. The large, aggressive breed has a trademark bushy mane that gives it a lion-like appearance, but its vocalizations are more woof than roar.
The Beijing Youth Daily said Friday that the zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage, foxes in the leopard enclosure and nutrias in the snake den.
The Beijing Youth Daily quoted zoo manager Liu Suya as 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 needed a place to keep his pet while away, Liu said.
Liu said the leopard had also been lent out for breeding, while the snake and wolf were merely sheltering from the torrid summer heat.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Clashes delay rescue of Yazidis off Mt. Sinjar
- Russia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe Navalny
- Korean-American aid worker charged in China
- In Mideast, refugee babies left stateless
- How are migrants sneaking into the EU? Through Hungary
- Pakistan resumes executions in response to Taliban school massacre
- 8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
- Muslim cleric gunman killed as police end standoff in Sydney cafe
- Taliban siege at Pakistani school ends with 141 dead
- FBI issues alert on Iranian hackers
- 15,000 ‘pinstriped Nazis’ march in Dresden to protest Islamic extremism