BEIJING: 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 visitor 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 red 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 (RM8) 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 masquerade as a wolf," said another. — AFP
HE was a 19-year-old full-time national serviceman when he and his businessman father opened a joint investment account at a private bank in July 2006.
Two years later, Ian Ow Tuc Yun used the account to trade in futures and racked up losses of close to S$900,000 (RM2.3mil) in a space of nine months.
Now, the 26-year-old student and his father Ow Weng Fye, 63, are seeking S$2.6mil (RM6.7mil) in damages from the Singapore branch of Credit Suisse.
The lawsuit opened for hearing in the High Court yesterday.
They assert that their relationship manager Aaron Chwee Toh Yee – named as the second defendant – had misled and manipulated the naive son into making the trades, while keeping the father in the dark.
The Ows, represented by Adrian Tan, want the trades made by the son to be voided on the grounds that he was a minor at the time.
While their trading losses amounted to some S$900,000, the Ows contend that the money would have grown to S$2.6mil had it been invested according to the father's instructions.
Credit Suisse, represented by Senior Counsel Alvin Yeo, said that although instructions for the trades were given by the son, the bank's telephone transcripts showed that the father was consulted and kept in the loop.
The bank argued that the joint account was governed by Swiss law, where the age of majority is 18.
So, the son was not a minor when he opened the account.
Even if Singapore law were to apply, the bulk of the loss-making trades were made by the son after he turned 21 on May 25, 2008, the bank contended.
In any case, the father remains liable for the trades as the joint account holder and the bank only puts the loss at about S$500,000 (RM1.2mil). — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
A 17-YEAR-OLD youth, who is believed to be responsible for outraging a passenger's modesty on an MRT train, has been arrested.
Officers responded to the case on board a north-bound MRT train on Tuesday night. The victim raised the alarm when she felt something was wrong and informed a fellow passenger, who then helped to detain the suspect together with station staff until the police arrived.
The police said that investigations are ongoing. If convicted, the suspect may face a jail term of up to two years, or a fine, and he may also be liable to caning.
The police advised the public to stay vigilant at all times and remain calm should they encounter such crimes while travelling on public transport.
In such cases, they should raise the alarm immediately for other members of public to help, call 999 and report the matter to the bus or train driver. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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