Three people called 911 in Norfolk, Virginia yesterday to report a lion loose on the city’s streets. After calling the local zoo to confirm that no lions had escaped, police investigated and found an even rarer beast: a dog shaved to look like a lion.
The dog’s name (which is equally flamboyant to his haircut) is Charles the Monarch, and he’s a labradoodle who’s, according to his official Facebook page ’just your everyday party animal’. He’s also a pun fan, asking his fans if ‘anyone wants a pawtograph’ and wishing them ‘Feliz Navidog’ during the holidays.
Apparently this isn’t even the first time this has happened – on multiple occasions one of the fine citizens of Norfolk has troubled the police to investigate a lion only to discover it was a harmless dog all along.
The moral of the story? It’s proooobably not the best idea to shave your dog to look like a lion and then let him roam the city streets.
UPDATE: The lion dog of Norfolk is now so famous that he’s doing interviews: