People mistake labradoodle for lion roaming streets of Norfolk

This undated photo provided by the Virginia Zoo shows the zoo's executive director Greg Brockheim with Charles the Monarch, a Labradoodle with a cut resembling the shaggy mane and tawny coat of a Lion, in Norfolk Va. A lion reported on the loose in Norfolk Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 was actually Charles, whose coif owner Daniel Painter says is intended to look like the mascot of Old Dominion University. (AP Photo/Virginia Zoo)

January 9, 2013 4:01:30 PM PST
Authorities in Norfolk, Virginia, were on alert for a dangerous beast roaming the streets.

Police got a call from someone who swore he saw a baby lion on the street. But believe it or not, that lion on the loose turned out to be Charles, a labradoodle with a cut resembling the shaggy mane of a lion.

Police even called the Norfolk Zoo and had them make sure all the lions were still in their cages before they realized it was a huge case of mistaken identity.

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