Saturday, July 5, 2008

Rare Tiger Photos Faked

In October of 2007, we brought you the story of a Chinese farmer from the Shaanxi Province who appeared to have been in the right place at the right time, when he produced photographs Chinese officials said proved the existence of the rare South China Tiger. 

Those photographs were faked.

The farmer was paid nearly $3000 for the pictures and has since been arrested. Several Chinese officials have also been fired in conjunction with this hoax.

Perhaps most unsettling of all is the revelation that China has been rocked by numerous similar incidents in recent years. In February, it was discovered a journalist had faked a prize-winning picture of rare Tibetan antelope -- seemingly unfazed by a passing train.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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