Imagine taking your small child to a zoo and visiting the African lion exhibit, but instead of a ferocious roar, the "lion" barks? And that is exactly what happened in a Louhe city zoo in the Henan province of China this past week.
According to NPR.org, visitors to the zoo were angered, to say the least, when a Tibetan mastiff, which is a large furry dog with a lion-like mane, became the "lion" after the real African lion was sent off to another location to breed.
Now that wasn't the only imitation guest housed in a zoo enclosure. For anyone expecting to have viewed a wolf, there roamed a domestic pooch, and a white fox imitated a snow leopard. Rats scurried about where snakes should have slithered, and the crocodile exhibit had been missing some of its residents that had escaped but fortunately had been recaptured.
The Telegraph.com reports that China's zoos are having financial woes since the government restricts animal shows and directs zoos to operate as non-profits.
There has been no official explanation about the impostors, but it's doubtful any schools teaching youngsters about wild animals, will be visiting the zoo anytime soon.
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