Real or human in costume?

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No, she’s not a dog. Or a black bear.

She’s definitely not a person dressed in an animal costume. At least her caretakers say so.

Her name is Angela, she’s a Malayan Sun Bear at The Hangzhou Zoo and she’s clapping back at critics after photos and video of her standing on her hind legs – and looking suspiciously human – have the internet questioning her identity.

In a statement written from the perspective of Angela, officials from the zoo in Eastern China responded to the rumors Sunday, denying she and her fellow zoo bear companions are human imposters.

Two sun bears interact in their enclosure at Hangzhou Zoo in Hangzhou, in China's eastern Zhejiang province on August 1, 2023. A Chinese zoo has been forced to deny that its sun bear is actually a human in a costume, after footage of one standing on its hind legs raised online accusations of a furry imposter.

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The Hangzhou Zoo says the sun bear is real

A post on the zoo website this week led with “I’m working hard, but someone suspects that I’m looking for a substitute?” The post is written in Chinese and Google translated to English.

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