A cash-strapped zoo in China is apologizing for trying to pass off dogs as lions. They painted a Tibetan mastiff orange and black and also tried to pass off two sea cucumbers as snakes.

Zoo visitor Liu Wen tells Orange UK, "I had my young son with me so I tried to play along and told him it was a special kind of lion. But then the dog barked and he knew straight away what it was and that I'd lied to him. How can they tell such dreadful tales and expect to get away with it?"

A zoo spokesman says, "We're doing our best in tough economic times. If anyone is unhappy with our displays we will give back their money."

Would you fall for it?