dog shaved to look like a lion911 operators must hear some crazy stories every day, and I'm sure most of the time, they're rolling their eyes or completely horrified. But here's one that probably had dispatchers in Norfolk, Virginia totally cracking up ... Apparently, a 911 caller told police that they spied baby lion walking down the street, "possibly looking for food." As a result, police actually called the Virginia Zoo early Tuesday to make sure all of their lions were accounted for, said zoo spokesman Winfield Danielson.

Whew! So, in other words, this wasn't like the case of the missing Bronx Zoo cobra ... But, then, what in the world did this 911 caller see?! Oh, a DOG! Yup, Charles, the Labradoodle shaved to look like a lion. HA!

Charles' owner, Chris Painter, groomed his pup to look like the mascot of Old Dominion University ... or, you know, a baby lion. Whatevs. He jokes:

I tell people he's a Lab-a-lion. And half the people believe that.

Silly people!

Even though he sounds kinda threatening from that 911 call ... and -- get this! -- Painter had to tell authorities that Charles has been mistaken for a lion "several times," it sounds like, for the most part, Charles' "lion-esque" look has earned him more friends than foes. He even has his own Facebook page and boasts 1,200 some friends, according to Painter. He also "loves children and tailgating at ODU football games, as well as the occasional slice at University Pizza." ZOMG. Too. Cute.

Check out the adorable dog in this clip ...

 

How cute is Charles? Would you ever shave your dog to look more like a lion?

 

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