You’re probably one of those people who think the zoo is a lame place to visit. Aren’t you? In fact, except if you have kids in tow (Okay, maybe even if you’re taking your kids along) you probably don’t get too excited to visit. Well, no matter how lame you think your local zoo is, it’s most likely not as bad as the one in the People’s Park of Louhe, Hunan, China that was caught trying to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as an African lion.
Visitors to the zoo were outraged when they went to the African lion cage, hoping to get a glimpse of the king of the beasts, only to see a very hairy dog staring back at them.
Other… um… discrepancies that were reported included other dogs in the leopard and wolf areas and coypu rats in the snake cage.
Are you appreciation your own zoo yet?
Visitors could spot the fake right away. I mean, you’d have to be really drunk not to able to tell a big cat from a biggish dog. One visitor even said she decided to play along with the trick for the sake of her young son, who she had taken to the zoo to see the animals. Of course, even that plan backfired when the “lion” started barking. By then even the kid could smell the bullshit.
Just to make sure we’re all on the same page here:
Not a lion…
While some sources within the zoo have claimed that the deception was due to the zoo not being able to afford the real animals, officials have explained that the lion was shipped off to another zoo for breeding, which is fair enough, but it probably would have angered less people if they had simply put up a sign in front of the empty cage stating that, instead of trying to dupe everyone.
Few things upset people more than trying to fool them. Especially if the attempt is so half-assed, you’re basically calling them idiots for thinking they’d buy it. Zoo-goers were pissed to say the least and what made matters worse was the fact that, though it was a mere 15 yuan (US$2.45), they paid money for to be called idiots. An apology and a promise to pay back the dissatisfied customers isn’t really worth much.