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Indiana sanctuary lion gets cases of 'beer' for 21st birthday

By Ben Hooper
Mufasa the lion enjoys his birthday treats. Screenshot: Black Pine Animal Sanctuary/Facebook
Mufasa the lion enjoys his birthday treats. Screenshot: Black Pine Animal Sanctuary/Facebook

ALBION, Ind., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- An Indiana animal sanctuary celebrated a lion named Mufasa's 21st birthday by presenting him with several cases of "beer."

The Black Pine Animal Sanctuary posted a video to Facebook showing the birthday boy exiting his indoor enclosure to find the outdoor area decorated for his special day.

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The area was decorated with cloth treated with a scent designed to be appealing to Mufasa and his gifts included a raw chicken, a Scooby Doo doll, pizza boxes, and cases of Miller Genuine Draft, Michelob ULTRA, and Coors Light beer.

The sanctuary said the beer cases were actually empty, but the boxes had been treated with the same tantalizing scent as the cloth.

Mufasa came to the sanctuary from a roadside zoo in Indiana, where the state Department of Natural Resources confiscated him because the facility had failed to adequately respond to a long-term infection in his lower jaw.

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