MGM Lion Goes Ape

By Adele

On September 1, a 400-pound lion on display in the big cat habitat at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas went after a trainer and bit his leg. The hotel refuses to release the lion’s or the trainer’s name, but says the trainer wasn’t a hotel employee.

A tourist caught the incident in video (except, unfortunately, what set the lion off) and it’s now making the rounds like it was some big deal.

From my feline perspective, I’d say the guy was lucky the lion was just playing.

And wasn’t it cute the way the female lion joined in the francas, not to add muscle for the kill, but as if she was trying to pull the other lion off the man? You can almost hear what she was thinking…

“Chill, bro! Back off! He’s not worth it. Don’t you know these crazy people SHOOT us for doing stuff like this?”

When another trainer finally separated the lion from his “prey,” both lions padded off pretty calmly. The attacking lion looked like he still wanted to play.

If the lion had meant business, that trainer would be a pile of bloody shredded meat, not talking about going back to work.

I was really tickled watching the Good Morning America video when Jack Hanna of the Columbus Zoo agreed with me. That’s one man who knows his big cats.

I’m happy to report that the lions faced no disciplinary action.

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5 Responses to MGM Lion Goes Ape

  1. Tuxi says:

    That’s good news, Adele! I hate it when the humans blame the big cats for crap! I mean all cats love to play, and as you said, at least he wasn’t turned into 100% Shredded Trainer! If the humans would have the cats in a more jungle-type setting they’d probably feel better. But hell, if the big cats are in a Vegas hotel, maybe it’s their way of saying *We want a luxury suite, private box in the show hall, huge steaks for every meal, and we’d like credit in the casino!*.

  2. Zappa says:

    Hi Adele!!
    Can I just meow in with a big ,fat,BFD here?? Do you know how many times a day I have to bite my Human on the leg? It is one of the best ways that I have to get her attention and control her.Sometimes I begin with the cross-room running pounce and land with my teeth in her ankle.This is most effective when she is in her bathrobe and barefoot.My Human knows it’s time to snap to,I’m sure this “trainer” haha,does as well.Leave it to the media and other unenlightened People!

    PS check out my profile on Catbook! You can find me under Zappa.I have 3 Friends!

    Zappa

  3. catsworking says:

    Zappa, I didn’t know there even was such a thing as Catbook. We’ll definitely check out your profile. I’ve been trying to convince the many cats on Twitter to help me stage a bloodless coup and rename it Meow, but I’m having trouble generating momentum.

    And speaking of blood, I always find that Karen responds promptly to long gashes anywhere on her body. Not deep, just enough to get her attention.

    Tuxi, I agree with you that if Vegas hotels want to use big cats as attractions, they should give them all the perks the humans get. Tastefully decorated jungle suite with Jacuzzi, 24-hour room service featuring only the finest cuts of raw meat, and private time in the casinos (so they don’t have to compete with the human gamblers, who might feel intimidated).

    PS: Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Whenever Karen goes away, she pulls the plug on the computers because she still doesn’t trust our discretion. Imagine that.

  4. Zappa says:

    Hi Adele!
    I think Twitter should be called Meow as well.My mom has tried to follow you guys but she is hopeless! I really don’t know how she can get herself Outside sometimes.

    Zappa

  5. catsworking says:

    Zappa, tell your mom not to worry. All our original tweets show up in the sidebar right here, so she’s not missing anything.

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