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