In a week filled with examples of human error (or vile perfidy if you’re more into conspiracy theories) an animal described as an African lion at a Chinese zoo, was exposed as a fraud, when the creature started barking in front of visitors.
Outraged visitors to the zoo in Louhe city said they had been cheated.
According to a newspaper report, the substitution came to light when a mother visited the zoo to show her son the sounds different animals made.
But when they got to the cage marked “African lion”, which had a sign describing the animal, they were shocked to hear the creature bark.
It was then that zoo keepers revealed the so-called lion was actually a Tibetan mastiff, a large type of dog with a shaggy, brown coat.
Other species were also apparently also replaced by “stand-ins”; there was a white fox in the leopard’s den & a small terrier being passed off as a wolf.
Across the oceans, in a further example of human fallibility, Detroit, which has filed for the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, chooses a new mayor in an election, on 5th November. But billboards that the City of Detroit commissioned, say that the election will take place on the 2nd.
The billboards were re-used from a previous year’s election. Detroit City Clerk Janet Winfrey said that the local billboard company updated the signs to highlight this year’s “bun fight”, but forgot to change the date.
Winfrey said her department approved the original billboards but did not see samples of those updated for this year. The sign company, based in Detroit, was given the correct date from the elections office, Winfrey added.
The city clerk said that all of the billboards would have the correct information showing within 24 hours of the mistake being pointed-out.
She remains happy with the billboard company, which charged the city for 11 of the signs, & threw in a further 3 free ones as an incentive. Winfrey said that after the mistake, “they threw in two more freebies,” which she said would increase the number of billboards, with the correct information, to 16 in the city.
“Confusion has made his masterpiece.” It warms my heart to see people everywhere, just doing what they do best.