Zoogoers Outraged to Discover ‘Panda’ Exhibit was Actually Dogs Dyed Black and White

A zoo in China upset visitors after the zoogoers discovered that the ‘panda’ exhibit was actually chow chow dogs dressed as pandas. The Taizhou Zoo in Jiangsu Province unveiled the panda dogs on May 1st. The zoo dyed the dogs’ faces black and trimmed their mane so they would look like authentic pandas. They placed the dogs in an enclosure to be viewed daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.  A zoo representative explained, “There are no panda bears at the zoo and we wanted to do this as a result.” Some accused the zoo of animal cruelty, but the zoo insisted that the dye was harmless and the dogs were okay. 

This is not the first time a Chinese zoo has been accused of deceiving zoogoers. In 2021, visitors at a zoo in Sichuan Province were shocked to discover that the lion exhibit featured a golden retriever. Zoo workers attempted to convince visitors that the golden retriever was, in fact, a lion that looked different because it hadn’t “grown up yet.” The Taizhou Zoo is currently charging $2.77 for entrance; the ticket includes the “panda” attraction. 

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