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Dead lion found in restaurant freezer

By T.K. Randall
September 11, 2014 · Comment icon 23 comments

The lion had come from a nearby zoo. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Yathin S Krishnappa
The remains of an adult male lion were found stuffed inside a freezer by an environmental health officer.
Ian Brightmore of Chichester District Council in west Sussex had been visiting the eating establishment, which has not been named, to determine if it was following adequate food safety practices.

He discovered the cat in a chest freezer that was normally used to store food that would be later served to customers. Remarkably the restaurant was allowed to continue operating because the frozen feline was the only health code violation that he had found there.
It turned out that the lion had been provided by a local zoo to help feed the owner's dogs.

"I came across a dead lion in a freezer," said Brightmore. "The food establishment was near a zoo and the owner kept pack hounds so it was food for them. Because the lion was kept in a place where food for human consumption was stored, of course we had to take action."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by OverSword 10 years ago
That mane is much too full for a lion that size. Look at the bags of frozen food and you can see that lion is probably only about 90 pounds. I call hoax as well.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Twin 10 years ago
A restaurant in my area was shut down for catching seagulls and serving them in chicken dishes
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
If true at all, good thing is wasn't a giraffe or elephant. Would have had to then be a BIG freezer chest. Still, if I recall correctly, it was parts of the lion being frozen-stored, not the whole beast.
Comment icon #17 Posted by George Ford 10 years ago
Who feeds their dogs lion meat? What a jerk if it's true. Well now you know why dogs always chase cats, it's not cos they hate them, it is because they want to eat them!
Comment icon #18 Posted by John Wesley Boyd 10 years ago
So that's why my steak was stringy and tough!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Fox Mccloud 10 years ago
Beast, it's what's for dinner. Roll that beautiful beast footage.
Comment icon #20 Posted by qxcontinuum 10 years ago
I am never ceased to be amazed negatively by the total disrespect of rich ppl. towards wild life.!!! zoos are nothing but jail for numerous poor animals found guilty for life for the simple fact they were born. Humanity is very often disgusting!
Comment icon #21 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 10 years ago
I found a cow and a pig in our fridge at lunch time today right next to the lamb & chicken & turkey but I couldn't find Bambi.
Comment icon #22 Posted by StRoostifer 10 years ago
This was a funny read, it was obviously written as an attention getter to boost clicks as the site is surely paid by adverts. I can appreciate a good laugh and especially on a Friday! Cheers to all.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Scandal 10 years ago
Lion Steaks mmmmmmm!

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