Chinese zoo cheats by disguising hairy dog as lion
BEIJING (AFP) - 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.