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Pop-up penguins shock China zoo visitors
Published on: 2017-12-04
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050No water for the inflatable penguins to float around

Visitors expecting an array of exotic animals at a zoo in southern China were left disappointed when they were confronted with inflatable penguins.

As the first zoo to be set up in Yulin, Guangxi province, locals were keen to see what Guishan Zoo had to offer.

052The images and discussion of the zoo spread across social media in China

It had been advertised as a place to see rare animals and learn about wildlife.

Beside the plastic blow-up penguins, attractions included a handful of roosters, geese and a tortoise in a tank with a sprinkling of money around it.

055056As the details of the rather disappointing 'rare animals' spread across Chinese social media, local news sites shared photos from inside the zoo.

051Images claiming to be from Guishan Zoo circulated on Chinese news websites

057053Users on Weibo soon picked up on the story and shared their views.

One user claimed the zoo was "a big insult to our IQ."

Another found it quite funny but disrespectful, saying: "I can't stop laughing. This is obviously deceiving the consumer. Don't tell me the management were sleeping. This is making fun of our intelligence."

The zoo is not the first in China to court controversy. In 2013, a zoo in Henan claimed to feature an African lion which turned out to be a Tibetan mastiff dog.

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