If you’re visiting the zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe in Henan, China and you want to see a lion, you’re shit out of luck. Well, unless you have no idea what an actual lion looks like. So if you think this is a lion:
Then, yes, the zoo has a lion.
However, if you think it’s odd that a lion would bark or look exactly like a Tibetan Mastiff Dog, then the zoo doesn’t have a lion. Because as it turns out, the zoo has been passing the aforementioned dog off as a lion. But that’s not all. Apparently, they are passing off other dogs as wolves and leopards and sea cucumbers as python snakes.
But this isn’t an intentional deception on the zoo’s part, but rather a function of the lack of funds. As one zoo rep explained: “We’re doing our best in tough economic times. If anyone is unhappy with our displays we will give back their money.”
While I think it’s decent of them to offer refunds, I say more power to the zoo! Anyone who has the balls to try to pass off a mane-y dog as a lion and a living cucumber as one of the biggest snakes in the world is motherfuckin’ badass as far as I’m concerned.