However, Taipei zoo director Jason Yeh was not amused and demanded a correction of the report he said had "seriously damaged" panda conservation education.Actually, the Taipei Times got the story wrong. It's not the pandas that are fake, but the feelings that sent them over.
"We urge the newspaper to correct this improper story as it sends the wrong message. The joke has gone too far which not only hurt its credibility but the conservation education," Yeh said yesterday.
The zoo had received dozens of phone calls locally and from abroad complaining about the article, he said.
Lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng of the ruling Kuomintang party also demanded the paper apologise for publishing an "untrue and baseless" report.
The Taipei Times has defended its move, saying readers should be capable of telling a joke from the truth.
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