dog pandaTake a close look everyone. Below is a giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Above is a puppy (juvenile Canis lupus familiaris) painted black and white. Can you make out the difference?

If you can then I guess you’re smarter than some of the patrons of the Orfei Circus in Brescia, Italy, who were fooled into thinking they had witnessed, and indeed had photos taken with, baby pandas. The fraud by the circus was highlighted by representatives of the Animal Protection Party (APP) following up reports of animal cruelty.

pandas“At the entrance of the circus were two animals who were presented as panda cubs. The staff invited families to take pictures of children in the company of those sweet fur balls. But when our volunteers approached, they realized that those animals had nothing to do with the pandas. It was, in reality, two chow chows painted black and white to look like pandas,” APP President Fabrizio Catelli told Giornalettismo.

Ironically, it looks like the circus is possibly innocent on the cruelty charge. Dogs are, basically, much better suited to human company than pandas, having no less than 19,000 years practice. The Italian Forestry Corps have determined that the puppies’ only indication of ill health is watery eyes, possibly caused by too many camera flashes. Therefore, they have permitted the handlers to keep the dogs on condition they not be displayed.

The APP are not satisfied with this, Catelli saying, “We consider it unacceptable that the animals are ridiculed for the pleasure of others, and not least for economic reasons.” Charges of fabrication nonetheless might be harder to beat. Regardless of being one of the most ancient breeds of dog in the world, chow chows are definitively canines.

Painted pandaFurthermore, the dogs seemingly had “two false passports” to facilitate their importation from Hungary. The circus’s secretary has repudiated fraud on the reasoning that it was “obvious they were dogs”, despite the fact that the parents who paid so their children could have photos taken with the puppies might not think the issue is so black and white.

It appears, alas, there is nothing new under the sun, with dogs reared to look like pandas being highly popular with the booming Chinese middle class, with dogs such as those below the latest hot thing. It’s probable nonetheless that the Chinese buyers know what they are getting, being familiar with what real pandas look like. Certainly, it’s better than trying to pass a ferret with a wooden leg off as an elephant.

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