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Circus busted for presenting dyed dogs as baby pandas

Yeah, that's not a panda.


Ramon Ramirez

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 24, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 9:52 pm CDT

Look we’ve all driven across I-10 and seen enough billboards to be tempted to check out The Thing in Arizona only to discover it’s fabricated malarkey. But even those highway trolls would stop at throwing dye on chow puppies and calling it a baby panda.

Police in Brescia, Italy say that officials at the city’s circus had dyed the pups and charged children to take their picture with what were billed as baby pandas. Not so much, actually.

Investigators said the dogs were fine, save for watery eyes from excess camera flashes. The as-of-yet unnamed circus owner faces charges for animal abuse and defrauding customers.

Photo via Jose Manuel Cortes/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Dec 24, 2014, 7:23 pm CST