Chinese zoo ‘tries to pass off dog as wolf’ after animal dies

A zoo in China has been accused of trying to pass off a Rottweiler as a wolf after it was spotted alone in the enclosure. Visitors to the Xiangwushan Zoo, in Xianning, Hubei province, filmed the dog living in a cage labelled as a wolf. In one clip, one guest, named only as Mr Xu, can be heard saying to the animal: ‘Woof! Are you a wolf?’ He later told Beijing News that zookeepers had said the original wolf in the enclosure had died of old age.

An employee then confirmed this to local media, stating that the guard dog was only being kept there temporarily.

The local forestry bureau have now said they will take down a sign leading to the enclosure that reads ‘the wolf is here’, which can be seen in Mr Xu’s video.

The footage has also sparked concern over how well the animals are being cared for, with admission to the site only costing the equivalent of £1.70.

Chinese Zoo tries to pass off dog as wolfPicture: Yiyayiyayab / AsiaWire
A sign leading up to the enclosure read: ‘The wolf is here’ (Picture: AsiaWire)

The worker also noted that the zoo ‘didn’t have enough visitors to keep the zoo up and running well’, BBCreports.

Animal rights activists have been repeatedly critical of China’s zoos over the years. Social media users referenced other ‘poorly run’ zoos in China, where guests had spotted dogs in wolf enclosures or inflatable penguins replacing the real thing.

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In 2006 the Dezhou Zoo in Shandong Province, eastern China, was found to have kept a Husky in the same space as the wolves, with one tourist spotting it limping. At the time, Dezhou Zoo said in a statement that they had deliberately kept the two species together to ‘add entertainment value’, reported.

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