A 911 dispatcher in Norfolk, Va. received an unusual call Tuesday: “I’d like to report a lion sighting,” the caller said.

“Say that again?” asked the dispatcher.

Labradoodle mistaken for lion \\ Photo: Virginian-Pilot

What two more callers also reported as being a baby lion on the loose, was actually a Labrador retriever-poodle mix named Charles the Monarch, who was groomed to look like the Old Dominion University mascot — a lion — by his owner Daniel Painter.

“He has a thousand-and-200-some friends on Facebook,” said owner Chris Painter. We’re guessing that number will grow.

Photo: Virginian-Pilot