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A Chinese Zoo Tried To Pass Off This Huge, Fluffy Dog As A Lion

There was also a rat in the snake's cage and a fox in the leopard's den.

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The "lion" was really a Tibetan mastiff. Visitors reportedly called the zoo's bluff when they heard the animal bark.

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A Tibetan mastiff dog at a mastiff show in Baoding, Hebei province, south of Beijing on March 9, 2013.

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Tibetan mastiffs are hugely popular in China, selling for as much as $750,000. Puppies are smuggled in from the Himalayan plateau, despite many veterinarians arguing that the huge dogs are "unsuitable" as household pets in the climate.

Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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