Zoo in China tries to pass off Tibetan mastiff dog as African lion

A Chinese news agency reports that visitors became suspicious when the supposed "big cat" started barking at the zoo in the Henan Province.

Officials are apologizing and claim the mix-up occurred because they couldn't afford to have real lions.

Visitors say they also found a white fox posing as a leopard in a separate enclosure, and two giant sea cucumbers trying to be passed off as snakes.

The zoo says it will give refunds to customers unhappy with the displays.

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