A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking.
The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.
It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made — but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled “African lion” was barking.
The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff — a large and long-haired breed of dog.
“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the paper quoted Liu, who was charged 15 yuan ($2.45) for the ticket, as saying. “They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”
Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den, and another dog in a wolf pen.
The chief of the park’s animal department, Liu Suya, told the paper that while it does have a lion, it had been taken to a breeding facility and the dog — which belonged to an employee — had been temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns.
Users of China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service mocked the zoo. “This is not funny at all. It’s sad for both the zoo and the animals,” said one. “They should at least use a husky to pretend to be a wolf,” said another.
Phonemakers are piling in to fill a gap in the market left by Samsung (005930.KS), still licking its wounds from a costly recall of its flagship Note 7 and with no key device of its own to launch at the telecom industry’s biggest annual fair.
China’s Huawei [HWT.UL], the most likely contender to fill the hole in the premium end of the market, took the wraps off a new phone in its quest to displace Samsung as the world’s no. 2 smartphone maker after Apple (AAPL.O), during a rush of new product releases on Sunday ahead of this week’s World Mobile Congress.
Chinese challengers Xiaomi [XTC.UL], Vivo, Oppo and Gionee are in hot pursuit, while BlackBerry (BB.TO) and Nokia (NOKIA.HE) announced models exploiting their retro appeal.
Samsung itself presented two new tablets pending the launch of its next flagship device, the Galaxy S8, expected now at the end of March rather than at Mobile World Congress, its usual showcase.
“The past six months have undoubtedly been one of the most challenging periods of our history,” Samsung’s European marketing chief David Lowes told a news conference in Barcelona. “We’re determined to learn every possible lesson.”
Samsung withdrew the Galaxy Note 7 last October after faulty batteries led some devices to catch fire, leading to a loss of consumer trust, wiping out more than $5 billion of operating profit, and allowing the iPhone to overtake it in sales.
“The competition is feisty but I think we have a good chance,” Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, told Reuters in an interview.
Samsung’s smartphone market share dropped to 17.7 percent in the fourth quarter, while Apple’s rose to 17.8 percent, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Independent research analyst Richard Windsor of Radio Free Mobile doubts whether Samsung can quickly regain its position.
“Samsung has taken a massive $5.4 billion hit to profits, apologized profusely for the recall and admitted shortcomings in its quality and assurance process but I don’t think that the full effects of this issue have fully hit home,” he wrote in a blog post. He pointed to a survey from Harris Poll which shows that Samsung’s reputation has fallen from No. 7 in the United States to No. 42, just one position above the U.S. Postal Service.
Huawei has aggressively expanded its mid- to high-end phones and is going head to head in Asia and Europe with Apple and Samsung in the premium phone market.
A French ban on the burkini — a swimsuit that covers the whole body except for the face, hands and feet — has prompted fierce debate, but women in one part of China are wondering what all the fuss is about.
Graffiti is a problem for cities and run-down towns—as well as one of nature’s most coveted treasures. At Mount Everest, tourists have been trekking to Base Camp to scribble their names and comments on monuments.
The markings have become so bad that Chinese authorities in Tibet say they are considering setting aside special wall space just for visitors to write on, according to remarks from deputy head of Tingri County tourism bureau Gu Chunlei to The Paper. Another way to deter offenders? Publicizing the names of those who can’t follow rules. “Starting this year, we will set up a blacklist system to punish badly behaved tourists, such as those who leave graffiti,” said Gu. “The blacklist will be made public through media outlets.” And since tourists have to register to enter the area, offenders can consider themselves permanantly banned moving forward.
This announcement comes at the peak season for Everest, with about 550 visits a day to the base camp, and after Chinese authorities created a similar setup at the Great Wall of China. “It’s a way of getting travelers to change their habits without even knowing it,” added Gu.
The Backstreet Boys are in the middle of a little showdown in big China — between a concert touring company and a promoter accused of pulling a $2 million scam.
The touring company says it forked over the cash to a woman named Angela Wong, who posed as a successful promoter who’d previously brought Britney Spears over to China … and said she could do the same with BSB.
The company says Wong promised she’d lock in the Boys for 10 concerts last March, but she eventually tried to postpone the scheduled dates. According to the suit, things really got fishy when the Backstreet Boys ended up coming to China around those dates … but through a different promoter.
The suit says Wong gave back $640k when the company called her out, but now it’s suing to get the rest of the money back … plus damages.