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'Panda' Spotted On Leash In China Turns Out To Be A Dog

'Panda' Spotted On Leash In China Turns Out To Be A Dog

A video shot on 6 June appeared to show a panda being walked on a leash by a woman in the city of Leshan in southern China. Now it's been revealed the 'panda' was actually a dog dyed black and white.

It's little wonder the video caused a bit of an outrage when people saw it, but it turns out the 'panda' was actually a white chow-chow dog named Mei Niu - which translates as Pretty Girl - that was dyed by its owner to resemble a panda.

That's apparently because Yang Yan, the owner of the dog, thought it already looked like a panda and decided to make it even more so.

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Mr Yan said that after he came up with the idea, he used natural colouring that he says is harmless to animals to dye parts of Mei Niu's fur black.

People were outraged by what they thought was a panda on a leash. Credit: Newsflare
People were outraged by what they thought was a panda on a leash. Credit: Newsflare

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According to the Daily Mail, it's not the first time a pet dog in China has been mistaken for a panda.

It also happened last year when the owner of the Cute Pet Games pet café, located in a shopping mall in Chengdu, dyed his six chow chow dogs to look like pandas.

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That time, animal rights organisation PETA condemned the actions of the owner. A spokesperson for the organisation said: "Dyeing hair may be fashionable, but only for humans who willingly have it done.

"There are always risks with using dyes on animals, to their fur, skin, nose and eyes. Animals should not be a tool for people to paint."

Mei Niu is a dyed dog - not a panda. Credit: Newsflare
Mei Niu is a dyed dog - not a panda. Credit: Newsflare

The owner replied, however, saying - similar to this more recent incident - that the dye he used was harmless. He said: "The dye that was used on the dogs was tailor-made for them and 100 percent safe. Therefore, we bought the dye and hired specialists to put them on the dogs."

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Topics: World News, Animals, China

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]