On April 17th, Hanoi Police confiscated what was initially reported to be a tiger from a vehicle in Hanoi. However, when the animal arrived at the National Museum of Natural History that afternoon, scientists from Vietnam’s chief scientific institution identified the “tiger” as a leopard, poorly painted to resemble a tiger.
Photo from Infonet.
Bones from leopards, golden cats, bears, and even dogs are often sold as tigers to unsuspecting buyers. There have also been a few cases other big cat species have been painted up to look like tigers.