Expecting all kinds of exotic and fantastic beasts, visitors to a zoo in Guangxi were a bit disappointed last week when they walked in to find the place instead filled with scrawny chickens and inflatable penguins.
An advertisement for the Guishan Zoo claimed that it would give visitors the opportunity to see some rare animals and learn about wildlife. The ad includes photos of an ostrich, alligator, peacock, and monkey, while even promising a “penguin invasion.” All for just 15 yuan.
Families living in the city of Yulin, which also holds an infamous annual dog meat festival, flocked to the zoo with cameras at ready, before then using them to document the attraction’s extremely unimpressive assortment of fauna, including roosters, geese, and turtles.
Along with a sad tortoise inside of a glass cage.
However, the star attraction was unquestionably the zoo’s blow-up penguins, which were scattered around some pools that had been drained of water.
Back in September, a park in the Jiangsu city of Nantong used the same fake penguin marketing strategy to entice people to come to its “polar exhibition.”
However, when it comes to deceiving visitors, it will likely be hard to ever top one Henan zoo which had a Tibetan mastiff stand in as an African lion.
[Images via www.ngzb.com.cn]