August 16, 2013

What you get for $2.45

A lion that barks.
According to the state-run publication Beijing Youth Daily, a mother and son heard the unexpected sound coming from the alleged lion during a recent visit to the zoo.
The paper says the zoo has been replacing exotic species with substitutes, including placing two rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den and a common dog in a wolf’s pen.
“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the visitor, Sharon Liu, told the paper. “They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”
It is amusing that a culture that places such emphasis on the idea of 'honor', would pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion.  Are the people living in the Chinese province of Henan so sheltered that there is some expectation that they have never seen an actual lion on television, the internet, or even in a book?  Wasn't The Lion King released in China?

Perhaps what is even more remarkable about this story is that we are hearing about it from a state-run newspaper.

I sympathize with the zoo visitors that were fooled by the 'lion', as well as the white fox/leopard and the dog/wolf.  It is truly astounding, to me, that no one was the wiser about the dog/lion until it barked.    

I suppose I shouldn't be too hard on these people, we have this masquerading as a president...

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...


There's a joke in there somewhere about an African lion and a lyin' African...