Thursday, 15 August 2013

Zoological Misrepresentation

A hairy Tibetan mastiff is passed off as an "African lion" at a zoo in Henan
It's hard to be something that you're not.

And in the case of a Tibetan mastiff, it had a difficult time passing off as an African lion in a zoo in Luohe in Henan.

This was reported in the provincial newspaper, Dongfang Jinbao, where a zoo administrator explained, "The wolves are there. But the wolf is somewhere else in the pen and the dog is a pet. The African lions will be back. They went to another zoo to breed."

Needless to say many visitors were shocked and outraged. A visitor named Sharon Liu took her six-year-old son to the zoo and was alarmed to hear barking from the lion's cage.

Two rats are in the cage for snakes
"To use a dog to impersonate a lion is definitely an insult to tourists," she said.

The paper also reported there were rats that passed off as "snakes".

On Tuesday, Yu Hua, head of the People's Park where the zoo is, said private contractors ran the zoo. Three years ago the government stopped giving contracts to private operators for animal parks and zoos and the one for Luohe zoo had yet to expire.

Yu added that the signs would be "promptly corrected".

We feel sorry for these animals... not just because they are in a cage, but also because they are being misrepresented. Chinese zoos are facing financial difficulties and in order to keep the coffers coming in, they had to put animals in there, regardless of what they were. But this is ridiculous.

Unfortunately we get the sad feeling this zoo may not be the only one tricking visitors...

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