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
- Canadians more fearful, aware after ‘very rare’ attack in Ottawa
- ISIS claims it grabs U.S. military ware
- Iraqi Kurds to send fighters to aid Kobani
- Libyan troops seek to retake Benghazi
- American baby killed, 8 hurt as car plows into crowd at Jerusalem train station
- Lone gunman kills monument guard, attacks Canada’s Parliament
- Benghazi resigned to clashes as Islamist militias battle forces loyal to government
- Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town of Kobani
- Loophole rewards expelled Nazi suspects with Social Security benefits
- Deepening U.S. commitment to Kobani ties Obama’s Islamic State effort to Kurds’ fate
- Spate of attacks kills dozens in Iraq, appears to target Shiites