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Chinese eat Koalas? Nonsense! (2)

(China Daily)

10:20, November 09, 2011

"Koala meat can be fried, stewed and steamed," read the restaurant menu, the Australian tourist was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

But Lin Aizhen, deputy general manager of the restaurant, denied the restaurant sold koala meat dishes and other cuisines cooked with wildlife that is under State protection.

"The Australian tourist was actually the victim of a false alarm, as the restaurant never sells koala," Lin said.

Huang Ritong, manager of the restaurant's purchasing department, said the animal displayed in front of the restaurant was actually a bamboo rat, which was purchased from the bordering Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region the previous month.

The restaurant purchased two bamboo rats weighing 5 to 6 kilograms each, and a kilogram of the bamboo rat changed hands at 80 yuan, Huang said.

"The bamboo rat was labeled as koala because the seller mistook the bamboo rat as a koala," he told New Express Daily.

An official from Guangzhou's Wildlife Protection Office also denied the restaurant sold koala meat.

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AussieGuy at 2011-11-1860.241.23.*
Are the rats tasty?
wende at 2011-11-1871.255.93.*
First of all, the Chinese restaurant should not have advertised it as such. It should be fined. However, it may not be economically viable to eat koala"s meat as it has to be imported. Everyone knows horse meat is being labeled as donkey meat.
steve at 2011-11-18122.169.79.*
Australian tourist didn"t say anything wrong . It is clearly mentioned that "The bamboo rat was labeled as koala because the seller mistook the bamboo rat as a koala" . Aussies should keep it in mind that Chinese people eat bamboo rats .
PD User at 2011-11-1080.94.16.*
2011-11-9.Chinese not eat Koalas Ok!It mean that Koalas eats australian.Today to throw accusation.Can Koalas to be bad?Australian be odd nobody no to accuse australian a to drink beer poty's and to have a fatamorgana.

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