South China Tiger photographs a hoax?
Posted: 19 November 2007 04:16 PM   [ Ignore ]
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Internet users have pointed to a Chinese New Year poster as proof that a controversial photograph of a tiger purportedly snapped in the wild is fake, local media reported Monday.

Last month, Zhou Zhenglong, a farmer from mountainous Zhenping county in northern China’s Shaanxi province, produced photographs of a tiger he said were taken in the forest near his village.

A local forestry authority confirmed the authenticity of the photographs, and said they were proof that the South China tiger, belonging to a sub-species long feared extinct, still existed in the wild.

But Internet users have accused Zhou of making the tiger images with digital software, and local authorities of approving the photographs in order to boost tourism.

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Posted: 19 November 2007 04:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Link with the images in question.

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Posted: 19 November 2007 04:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The two tigers do look very similar.  However, he supposedly took a whole lot of pictures of the tiger.  Do all of the pictures look identical to the calendar tiger in both stripes and colouration and pose?

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