Russia: Tourists Tricked And Pay To Nurse A Baby Panda
Tourists in Sochi, Russia were lining up to pay for a souvenir photograph of themselves nursing a baby Panda cub. This was taking place in stifling 40c heat, in a bus car-park at a busy tourist location. Pandas are highly protected in China and there is a death sentence for deliberately killing one.
To think a protected Panda cub would be allowed to be removed from its mother and passed around in a public car-park for hours on end, while smitten tourists posed for photos is unbelievable. But people fell for it and paid out money for their souvenir photo.
Eventually some tourists notified local police about the animal cruelty toward a “baby panda in the car-park,” in the hope police would take the panda cub away to safety.
Police went immediately to the location to seize the Panda and uncovered a Chow Chow puppy which was expertly dyed black and white to impersonate a baby Panda. The dog’s owner is now under investigation for other animal abuse allegations concerning animal cruelty.
The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is a bear native to south-central China. In 2016, the IUCN reclassified the species from “endangered” to “vulnerable”, said The Sun.
Chow Chow dogs also originate from China but from the northern regions where they are referred to as ‘Songshi Quan.’ When translated into English this means: ‘Puffy-lion dog’.
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