Zoo busted trying to use golden retriever as lion

Yahoo News Staff
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A zoo in China has reportedly tried to pass off a dog as a lion, and one customer was not impressed with their explanation. 

A golden retriever pup was seen sitting at the Yuanjiashan Zoo in Xichang, Sichuan, though the cage was intended for an African lion and footage of the ordeal began circulating on social media, the South China Morning Post reported.

The video was shared to social media by a man only identified as Tang.

"At first, we thought we had gone to the wrong place. But after walking around the cage, we realised it is where the lion should be housed,” Tang reportedly said in the video.

A golden retriever (left) was spotted in a lion enclosure at a zoo in China. Source: South China Morning Post/Getty Images, file
A golden retriever (left) was spotted in a lion enclosure at a zoo in China. Source: South China Morning Post/Getty Images, file

A zoo employee cleared up the confusion by saying the zoo did have a lion in the past, however it had since been moved to another location and the signage was yet to be changed.

Tang was not happy with the explanation he received, the South China Morning Post reported.

He said he could not find the lions at the zoo and accused the zoo of promoting lions, when there weren't any — and he said he did not know how explain it to his child.

The Global Times reported Yuanjiashan Zoo did admit to the signage mix up in a statement to Red Star News and apparently the golden retriever belongs to the zoo's owner.

“This cage used to be for an African lion, but now it's been re-designated as one for a golden retriever,” the employee reportedly said.

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