By Dr. Becker
This story is too cute and funny not to share!
According to PilotOnline.com and the Virginian-Pilot, the first person that called 911 was rather calm as he stated, "I'd like to report a lion sighting."
Not surprisingly, the dispatcher asked him to repeat himself!
And that man's call was just one of three about baby lion sightings in Norfolk, Virginia one Tuesday morning in January.
A baby lion is running loose in the streets!
The first call came in around 10:20 a.m.
A man told the 911 dispatcher a lion was running down Granby Street. Then a woman grabbed the phone and said, "There was a lion that ran across the street. A baby lion. It was about the size of a Labrador Retriever. It's running loose in the neighborhood."
The woman also explained that the "baby lion" sighting was in close proximity to the city zoo.
"It had the 'mange' and everything!"
Five minutes after the first call, a second call came in of a sighting on Delaware Avenue near Llewellyn Avenue.
"I just saw an animal that looked like a small lion," this caller, also a male, told dispatch. And it had "the mange and everything!" (Not only is a "baby lion" running loose in the streets, it also has a parasitic skin disease!) "I don't know if it got away from the zoo, or what," the man continued.
It's going from one house to the next!
"I just saw a baby lion at Colley Avenue and 50th Street," reports caller number three.
When the dispatcher asks for clarification about the type of animal, the man responds, "A lion. A baby lion, maybe. I don't think it has caused any problem so far."
"OK. You think it's looking for food?" the dispatcher asked when the caller explained the "lion" was going from house to house. "I don't know," the man responded.
Identity of Baby Lion Revealed
In case you didn't follow this little story in the news, the "baby lion" was soon identified as a Lab-Poodle mix (a "labradoodle") named Charles the Monarch. Apparently Charles' owner likes to have his dog groomed to resemble the mascot of Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
In any event, Charles the 'doodle is now a minor celebrity. He was even featured on the "Today" show on NBC shortly after all the "baby lion" sightings!