Mac and Mac Pick: Mistaken Identity

By WEEK Producer

Mac and Mac Pick: Mistaken Identity

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM CDT

NORFOLK, VA. -- Police deal with cases of mistaken identity all the time, but usually it doesn't involve a lion.

"911 what's your emergency?" "I'm driving down the street right before the zoo and there's a lion that ran across the street, a baby lion."

That 911 call about a loose lion got the attention of the local zoo director, but their lions were sleeping like cats do.

No, there was no loose lion but a running Labradoodle called "Charles the Monarch."

Owner Daniel Painter got the idea to shave Charlie's fur and dye some of it a darker color, because a Lion is the mascot at Old Dominion University where Painter's daughter is a student.

The goal to make the dog more popular at
ODU tailgate parties. The odd 911 call is just an unexpected benefit.