Dead lion found in restaurant freezer
September 11, 2014 | 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."