Sorry, I haven't had time to do the FAD over the last few weeks, and it's not going to get better anytime soon. BUT here are a few things that couldn't be ignored!
Close enough? A Tibetan mastiff, like this one, was placed in the African lion exhibit at a zoo in China's central Henan province.
Visitors to a zoo in China got a rude surprise when the lion started barking.
Turns out it was no lion, but just a Tibetan mastiff, a large, hairy breed of dog — which, for what it's worth, more closely resembles the king of the jungle than does perhaps any other domestic canine.
Apparently, officials in Louhe city zoo in central Henan province when they decided to make the switch and send the enclosure's regular resident, an African lion, away to a breeding center.
"One family surnamed Liu took their six-year-old son to the zoo in People's Park," reported the local Dahe Daily newspaper.
It turns out that the dog-for-cat swap wasn't the only attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of zoo patrons: There was also a domestic dog housed in the wolf pen, and a white fox was found pacing the leopard exhibit."On the way, Mrs. Liu was teaching her son all the sounds that the different animals make. But when they arrived, her son said the lion was barking like a dog."
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