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Reported loose lion was unusually groomed dog in Spain

March 9 (UPI) -- Police officers in Spain responded to numerous reports of a lion on the loose in a town and discovered the animal was actually a dog with an unusual haircut.

The Local Police of Molina de Segura said they received numerous reports Sunday of a loose lion strolling through the municipality.

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Officers tracked down the animal and discovered it was actually a large dog with its long hair trimmed to resemble the body, mane and tail of an African lion.

Police said the dog was microchipped and they contacted its owner for a reunion with the escaped pet.

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