BEIJING — Behold the regal lion and hear its mighty … bark?
A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported. The large, aggressive breed has a trademark bushy mane that gives it a lion-like appearance, but its vocalizations are more woof than roar.
The Beijing Youth Daily said the zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage, foxes in the leopard enclosure and nutrias in the snake den. Though the zoo said it wasn’t trying to fool anyone, it issued an apology and closed for “rectification.”