“I’d like to report a lion sighting…”

“I’d like to report a lion sighting..."
"I tell people he’s a Lab-a-lion, and 
half the people believe that."

From the The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia:

The 911 caller reported that the baby lion was walking down Colley Avenue, possibly looking for food, near 50th Street. So police called the Virginia Zoo around 10:15 a.m. to make sure the lions were all accounted for, said Winfield Danielson, a zoo spokesman.

Mramba, the male lion, and Zola, the female, were in their habitats.

As it turns out, it was Charles the Monarch that was out and about.

Neighborhood regulars know Charles, who hangs out with his owner at Daniel Painter’s business, Daniel’s Lawn & Garden Center, on Colley Avenue.

Charles is a cross of Labrador retriever and poodle shaved to look like the mascot of Old Dominion University…

Painter said police have told him several times that his dog has been mistaken for a lion. He said he’s taken his dog from his Riverview home to Lafayette Park near the zoo and seen people run to their cars in shock.

– Norfolk 911 calls for ‘baby lion’ turn up a coiffed dog

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