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Chinese zoo makes do, passes canine off as lion

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In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, a Tibetan mastiff looks out from a cage near a sign which reads 'African lion' in Luohe zoo in Luohe in central China's Henan province.

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By The Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

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.

 

 
 


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