Skooter reports 01/12/13
A dog shaved to resemble like a lion induced someone to call police in Norfolk, Va., earlier this week.
An anxious 911 caller reported seeing a baby lion walking down Colley Avenue, most likely searching for food on Tuesday morning, the Virginian-Pilot said. Police in turned called the Virginia Zoo, which reported two of its lions named Mramba and Zola were accounted for.
It’s not the first time Charles, a 3-year-old labradoodle has been erroneously taken for a baby lion, Police officials said.
Daniel Painter, the owner of the dog said Charles was groomed to look like the mascot for Norfolk's Old Dominion University. Actually the neighbors knew Charles who often see the friendly pooch at University Pizza. He even has a Facebook account.
Nevertheless the police have told Mr. Painter several times that his dog has been mistaken for a lion. At one point, he's taken his dog from his Riverview home to Lafayette Park near the zoo and witnessed people scampered to their cars in shock.
Painter told the paper that he told the people that the dog is a Lab-a-lion and that half the people believe that.
Watch a short video of Charles in action.