Chow Chow with dyed fur to resemble a panda
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Zoo faces intense criticism for dying dogs' fur to look like pandas (video)

By Zoë Monk Content Writer

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Taizhou Zoo in Jiangsu Province, China, has come under fire after it unveiled a new exhibit featuring dogs dyed to resemble pandas. 

As the zoo doesn't have real pandas for visitors to see, it made the surprising move to exhibit Chow Chows instead, with their fur dyed to look like a panda.

Trimmed and dyed fur

While it did draw crowds of curious visitors, the zoo was accused of animal cruelty by many locals who claimed the dogs were trimmed and dyed for the exhibit.

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In response to the backlash, a zoo spokesperson defended the exhibit, equating the dyeing process to humans dyeing their hair. They insisted that natural dyes, which were safe for long-haired dogs, were used. The spokesperson highlighted the popularity of the faux pandas, noting continued visitor interest despite the controversy.

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Mixed reactions

Online reactions to the exhibit varied, with some finding the dogs' appearance endearing while others condemned the practice as cruel. 

Despite the criticism, Taizhou Zoo reported continued interest in the panda imposters, with visitors queuing up to catch a glimpse during specified hours.

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