Lion Park, Jonhannesburg - A London tabloid has been tricked into paying $25,000 for a selfie of a 'genuine' young lioness cuddling up with Brit tourists in a South Afican wildlife park.
The paper published snaps of an eight month old lioness called Dimba photobombing Carol Bull by wrapping her paw around her shoulders just as the tourist was snapping herself in the wildlife reserve.
But close-up inspection shows the lifelike creature is an expensive German toy made by the famous Steiff company whose distinctive metal identification tab is tagging its ear.
"It's one big bad pussy shot," picture editor Harvey Snaffles tweeted tonight, "no wonder the fur is flying at Newsdesk HQ."
Readers are invited to check this awkward hoax for themselves by downloading the link right here.