Zoo's 'African Lion' Is Actually a Dog

    epa02638181 A photo made available on 17 March 2011 shows 11-month-old red Tibetan mastiff Hong Dong ('Big Splash') that was handed over to its new owner, a man, who was only idendified surnamed as Yang, at a private breeding base in Qingdao city, in east China's Shandong province, on 12 March 2011. Media sources reported that the dog was bought by the coal baron for 10 million yuan (US$1.5 million/1.08 million euros) and was handed to its new owner here on12 March. Local media said that the Tibetean mastiff, an ancient breed of skilled guard dogs, may be the most expensive dog in the world.  EPA/REN JF CHINA OUT

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    A zoo in china is facing major criticism for reportedly trying to disguise a Tibetan mastiff as an exotic cat. The animal was put in a large cage with a sign saying "African lion," according to AFP. And this isn't the first time the zoo has been guilty of such a crime. The zoo held large rats in its snake cage and fox-like animals in its leopard cage, like no one would notice. "The zoo is absolutely cheating us," said one visitor who paid the $2.45 admission fee and felt duped.

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