And this video is called Tibetan Mastiffs playing in the snow.
From the South China Morning Post:
Henan attraction’s boast of a range of exotic creatures outrages visitors
Thursday, 15 August, 2013, 8:50am
In the zoo in Luohe in Henan, a cage marked “African lions” actually contained a Tibetan mastiff, a breed of domestic dog with fluffy brown fur around its face, according to photographs published by mainland media.
Visitors were outraged. Sharon Liu, who had taken her six-year-old son to the zoo, was alarmed to hear barking coming from inside the lion’s cage.
“To use a dog to impersonate a lion is definitely an insult to tourists,” she said.
The practice of dyeing pets’ fur to make them look like other animals, such as painting dogs black and white to make them look like pandas, has been a trend reported on the mainland before. But the bogus animals in the Luohe zoo drew denunciations across the internet yesterday. A blogger joked that this publicity might actually bring more visitors to the zoo.
On Tuesday, Yu Hua, head of the People’s Park where the zoo is located said private contractors ran the zoo. In 2010, the government stopped giving contracts to private operators for animal parks and zoos, but the contract for the Luohe zoo has not expired yet. Yu said the signs would be “promptly corrected”.
- Zoo sparks outrage in China after claiming dog is lion (itv.com)
- Chinese zoo cheats by disguising hairy dog as lion (straitstimes.com)
- Rare liliger cubs become mane attraction at a Russian zoo – the result of breeding lions and tigers (mirror.co.uk)
- Chinese zoo substitutes lion for dog (telegraph.co.uk)