zoo in the city of Wuhan has explained that it placed a dog into a wolf’s cage not for trickery, but for love.
Visitors to the Jiufeng Forest Zoo were miffed on Saturday after spotting what was clearly a random dog in an enclosure that was marked “wolf,” accusing the zoo of trying to deceive them. However, a zoo worker responded that they were doing no such thing, explaining that there is indeed a wolf in the enclosure, but that it was likely sleeping at the time.
As for how the dog came to be in there with the wolf, the keeper explained that the male wolf was ill-tempered and used to get in fights with other wolves, so it was moved to its own enclosure. However, this created another problem as the wolf soon became “depressed” for lack of companionship.
In order to remedy this situation, keepers introduced two female puppies to the enclosure. The wolf particularly took to one of the dogs and the other was removed. The pair have been living together happily for the past two years and are said to be “in love.”
Still, you can’t blame visitors for thinking there was some fakery involved. Back in 2013, a Henan zoo was called out for putting a Tibetan mastiff in its “African lion” cage, while, just last year, a zoo in Hebei province was found to be housing a dog in its “Siberian tiger” cage.
Both zoos blamed the “mix-ups” on the animals being recently moved away and workers being slow in changing the signs.