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The Lion Says, "Woof?"

The Louhe City Zoo in China's central Henan province has an absolutely amazing lion habitat. What's so amazing about it? The lion in it is a dog.


When the original lion was sent to a breeding program (which I assume is probably code for, "We taught the lion to smoke. It was funny but he's dead now"), zoo officials did what any responsible, upstanding institution would do: They replaced the lion with a dog. A Tibetan Mastiff to be precise (pictured below). Then they stood next to the cage avoiding eye contact with guests and whistling conspicuously. The switcheroo was only revealed recently when someone heard the lion bark.

Tibetan mastiff dog Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images


Thankfully, the rest of the zoo is totally legit. For instance, their shark exhibit is fantastic.

Chinese Zoo


They have the only North American Bison in China.

Chinese Zoo


And of course, their Bigfoot is phenomenal.

Chinese Zoo

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