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

August 15, 2013 1:02:26 PM PDT
Zoo visitors in China are in an uproar after a wildlife park tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff dog as an 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.