These stone “Lion Cubs” were spotted in front of a temple in the Zouping county of Shandong province looking notably more timid than the traditional Chinese guardian lions statues often placed in front of tombs, statues and government offices.
The Imperial guardian lions, or Fu dogs, date back to the Han dynasty and are usually constructed in pairs that take on distinct decorative and facial features meant to scare off evil spirits.
These particular statues have gained attention from tourists for their rather, ahem, unthreatening presence, and are now being dubbed “Simba” after the scruffy wee cub in The Lion King.
They look uncertain.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Image via 21CN.com]