Visitors to this zoo were left dumbfounded and disgusted over this ridiculous panda hoax

Theo Kruse Burgers' Zoo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Children of all ages love going to the zoo to see exotic animals in captivity.

Few zoo exhibits consistently draw the attention of patrons quite like the pandas.

But visitors to this zoo were left dumbfounded and disgusted over this ridiculous panda hoax.

This zoo has gone to the dogs

Families around the world love heading out to their local zoo to visit animals of all kinds.

And if you ask most zoo goers which animals they want to see most, pandas consistently rank at or near the top.

But visitors to a Chinese zoo were recently shocked to find that the “panda” exhibit was not at all what it was promised to be.

Instead of actual pandas, the exhibit was filled with dogs that had been dyed black and white in a weak attempt to mimic pandas’ iconic coats.

And what was most surprising, other than the poor dye job, is that the panda is Communist China’s national animal.

It is natural to think they would have actual pandas at their own zoos.

After all, China engaged in so-called “panda diplomacy” for decades, sending pandas to other countries as an act of goodwill and wildlife conservation on the basis of an agreement that all pandas bred around the world are “citizens” of China.

Photos of the phony panda exhibit quickly went viral, causing an international stir.

According to the New York Post, the phony panda scheme was first reported by Jam Press after the painted dogs were unveiled on May 1 at the Taizhou Zoo in Jiangsu Province.

The dogs were Chow Chows, a fluffy breed of dog that originates in Northern China.

While they are known for their distinctive appearance and historical significance, they definitely aren’t pandas.

Apparently, Zoo officials decided to trim the dogs’ fur and dye them black and white to make them resemble pandas.

Zoo officials claim they couldn’t provide real pandas for the exhibit.

Fake panda scheme goes viral on social media

Unfortunately for zoo officials, the fake panda scheme didn’t work, and went viral on social media.

Despite the obvious deception, the zoo displayed the “panda dogs” daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and even attracted large crowds despite the failed deception.

When questioned about their reasoning for this unusual and disturbing display, a zoo representative reportedly said, “There are no panda bears at the zoo, and we wanted to do this as a result.”

While some visitors to the “panda” exhibit accused the zoo of animal cruelty, the zoo steadfastly denied this, and insisted that the dye they used was completely harmless to the dogs.

A zoo representative even argued that, “People also dye their hair,” and that the dye was suitable for long-haired dogs.

“Natural dye can be used on dogs if they have long fur,” the representative said.

While the phony panda stunt received criticism from across the globe, some social media users found it humorous.

With some going so far as to describe the painted “panda dogs” as “cute,” and even “lovely.”

This is not the first time a Chinese zoo has been caught in such a charade.

Just last year, Hangzhou Zoo in Zhejiang Province in eastern China, was accused of dressing up a human in a Malaysian sun bear costume.

According to the U.K.’s Independent, “Angela the sun bear was able to stand upright for extended periods of time, look at the crowd, and wave to visitors and passersby, fueling speculation that the bear was actually a person in disguise.”

But the zoo released a statement from Angela’s perspective flatly denying the claims, and insisting that she’s a real bear.

But no such claims have been made about the “panda dogs” who are clearly fake.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.