It started with counterfeit purses, sneakers and iPods, moved on to museums filled with fake antiquities and now I understand they’re passing dogs off as lions! Is there nothing the Chinese won’t fake?
A Chinese zoo ridiculed for passing off a shaggy dog as a lion has shut down temporarily for "rectification", media reported Friday.
The zoo's supposed "African lion" was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute -- a Tibetan Mastiff -- started barking, the state-run Beijing Youth Daily had reported earlier.
Apparently the zoo had other creative fakes too.
Here’s their panda:
Like the museum that was filled with fakes, the zoo was closed down when the scam was revealed.
The moral to this story: When your “King of the Jungle” barks
when he should be roaring,
you may well be the victim of a hoax.
This public service announcement was brought to you by the Ministry of Government Transparency.
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network