Video: Dog With 'Lion-Style' Haircut Frightens Norfolk, Virginia

| by Michael Allen

Charles the Monarch, a Labrador retriever and poodle mix shaved to look like the lion mascot of Old Dominion University, recently scared residents of Norfolk, Virginia who called 911 on the "baby lion" (video below).

Winfield Danielson, a zoo spokesman, told that police called to make sure all the zoo's lions were accounted for, which they were.

Charles' owner Daniel Painter told that police have told him several times that his dog has been mistaken for a lion.

Painter said he's taken his dog to a park near the zoo and has seen people run to their cars in shock: "I tell people he's a Lab-a-lion, and half the people believe that."

Painter added that Charles loves people, children and tailgating at ODU with the official school mascot, Big Blue.