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Labradoodle mistaken for lion in Virginia

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Jan. 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM   |   Comments

Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Reports of a Virginia Zoo lion on the loose in Norfolk, Va., Wednesday turned out to be false when a zoo spokesman confirmed that all the big cats were safely locked away. Instead, the "lion" turned out to be Charles the Monarch, a creatively coiffed Labradoodle whose fur has been shaved to resemble Big Blue, Old Dominion University's mascot.

Charles the Monarch is a popular "Lab-a-lion" -- as his owner sometimes calls him -- he has more than 24,000 likes on Facebook.

Listen to some of the 911 calls below:

And here's that terrifying animal playing with his owner:

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