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Old 12 August 2010, 09:46 PM
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Have we seen this one before?

Comment: Mexican Lion - How clever is this?!!!

This is the true story of a Garage Owner in the Southwest (New Mexico)

He was sick and tired of thugs breaking into his garage shop to steal tools, etc.
So he came up with this idea. He put the word out that he had a new Mexican
Lion that would attack anyone that would break in or climb his fence. Would-be
thieves saw the "Lion" from a distance and fled the scene.



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Old 12 August 2010, 09:53 PM
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Awww cute little whisker-face!
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Old 12 August 2010, 09:56 PM
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So, people on Mexico apparently don't know that lions tend to be a little taller than two and a half feet?
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Old 12 August 2010, 10:10 PM
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So, people on Mexico apparently don't know that lions tend to be a little taller than two and a half feet?
Maybe they figure Mexican lions are smaller that African lions like Mexicans are stereotypically shorter than Americans?
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So, people on Mexico apparently don't know that lions tend to be a little taller than two and a half feet?
It could be a juvenile lion.
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Old 12 August 2010, 10:55 PM
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It could be a juvenile lion.
Then it wouldn't have a mane.
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Old 12 August 2010, 11:19 PM
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It could be a juvenile lion.
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Old 12 August 2010, 11:39 PM
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Then it wouldn't have a mane.
But they sometimes have smaller, scraggly looking manes, kind of like the dog-lion.
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Old 12 August 2010, 11:41 PM
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But they sometimes have smaller, scraggly looking manes, kind of like the dog-lion.
I think that dog is pretty clearly shaved to look like an adult male lion. By the time lions start getting big enough to grow a bit of a mane, they're quite a bit larger than that dog looks.

But maybe this guy is hoping that other people don't watch as much Nature on PBS as I apparently do.
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Old 13 August 2010, 02:24 AM
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I don't know, even though I'm well aware that lions are quite a bit larger than that, I have to admit that if I peaked over a fence and saw the first picture, my brain would jump to "Holy crap, there's a lion in there!" before "Oh my goodness, the size of that creature indicates that someone has shaved a dog in order to make it look like a lion!" Given a couple moments to stop and think about it I would probably figure it out, but the surprise of seeing something so unexpected would likely lead me to overlook the finer details until I got passed the shock.
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Old 13 August 2010, 06:55 AM
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Lions do not have floppy ears like that, or that shape of muzzle or necks that long and upright. It's a dog with a lion clip.
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Old 13 August 2010, 07:27 AM
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Lions do not have floppy ears like that, or that shape of muzzle or necks that long and upright. It's a dog with a lion clip.
Well, yeah, but the OP isn't about passing off dog photos as pictures of a lion. It's supposed to be obvious that the animal is a dog (hence the word "lion" in quotes).
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Old 13 August 2010, 07:44 AM
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Well, yeah, but the OP isn't about passing off dog photos as pictures of a lion. It's supposed to be obvious that the animal is a dog (hence the word "lion" in quotes).
Except the OP doesn't actually come across that way with its references to Mexican Lion and subsequent discussions were about its resemblance, or otherwise, to a lion. Even at a distance this just wouldn't look lion-like to me and I doubt it would move or act lion-like. It reminds me of the fun clips and dye jobs in China with Chows painted like pandas.

Is it also in Mexico where donkeys are painted to resemble zebra? Maybe they should go for the whole savannah with goats as (mini) wildebeest etc.
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Old 13 August 2010, 08:42 AM
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So, people on Mexico apparently don't know that lions tend to be a little taller than two and a half feet?
Perhaps, but would you take the chance that it wasn't some weird lion/housecat/bobcat/lynx/puma hybrid with bad temper?

Either way, making a dog look like a cat must be the worst insult possible to a dog, so it's probably pretty pissed as well...
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Is it also in Mexico where donkeys are painted to resemble zebra?
No, that's on the set of Mr Ed.
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I think it's a bit of a giveaway as soon as the "lion" wags its tail...
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No, that's on the set of Mr Ed.
Wasn't it in Gaza? Although they may not have been donkeys.
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I read this as in the location of the story being in NEW MEXICO while the animal is a MEXICAN lion. Presumably, preying on the ignorance of the townspeople to believe that there is a Mexican variety of lion that would be smaller, more drooly and a lot more tail waggy than its African cousin.

I was waiting for Ryda to jump on here, because I wonder if it's harmful to shave a long haired dog down to the skin like that. I read this about my shepherd that it can permanently damage the outer coat.
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So, people on Mexico apparently don't know that lions tend to be a little taller than two and a half feet?
Two and a half feet would be quite a large dog. This dog looks to be quite a bit smaller than that.
Oh wait, I just realized you might mean 2 1/2 feet to the top of the head... I was thinking of at the shoulders (which is where you measure a dog's height.)
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Old 14 August 2010, 03:26 AM
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I was waiting for Ryda to jump on here, because I wonder if it's harmful to shave a long haired dog down to the skin like that. I read this about my shepherd that it can permanently damage the outer coat.
I have been advised by vets to shave a long haired dog (sheep dog/collie mix) down if they were going to be outside in hot weather as they can only shed so much so fast, and they over heat easily. I suspect it varies from breed to breed. You don't actually go to the skin and from the pictures this person does not appear to have gone too short. Unsurprisingly if you clip some breeds too short you need to keep them out of direct sun as they burn.
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