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TODAY   |  August 16, 2013

Zoo caught disguising dog as lion

A Chinese zoo is under fire today for trying to disguise a dog as a lion. Zoo officials said in their defense that the Tibetan mastiff, which has a lion-like mane, was only a temporary replacement for the King of the Beasts.

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>> all right. now that just adorable. next, bizarre.

>> okay.

>> a chinese zoo is under fire today for trying to disguise a dog as a lion and then put it into the exhibit. take a look at this, according to the state run paper --

>> it's a lion that parks.

>> they labeled it as an african lion but it started to bark. turns out it was a mastif.

>> okay so it's liony.

>> i don't anybody could have tried to pull this off.

>> the barking started. the temporary switch was made because of concerns.

>> you think it's a fake story.

>> i think it's a fake story. it gets worse. the pandas are cats. the dumbest