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Wednesday, 05 May, 2004

I suppose I should make Mexican for dinner tonight in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, but it doesn't seem to be as big a deal out here as it is in So Cal. So I guess I'll stick with steak.

[Perhaps a little salsa on the side.]

One sort of expects to see lions while on safari. But in Columbus, Ohio?

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Police in the suburbs of Ohio's capital, Columbus, called in a helicopter and big-game experts on Tuesday to help search for what could be a lion.

The large animal was first noticed by a police officer on Monday as it crossed a road in the town of Gahanna. Hours later a courier service employee said he saw it as he returned to his office nearby.

The employee, Jack Dingess, 41, said he thought he was "tripping out" when he saw the animal crouching under a semitrailer in the parking lot of the business. He said he saw the animal in the headlights of his vehicle and that it ran into a wooded area.

Two people sighted what might be the animal on Tuesday near Port Columbus International Airport, the capital's main airport.

Gahanna Deputy Police Chief Larry Rinehart urged residents to keep children inside and close garage doors. Mayor Becky Stinchcomb said she was a bit skeptical about the initial report because in another recent reported sighting of a lion, the animal turned out to be a Great Dane.

No lion was reported missing in the area.

[Maybe it's this one . . .]

Mom's Lion

Photo by Jan Myers, Shinde Camp, Botswana - April 2004

Quote du jour:

"The lion and the calf will lay down together, but the calf won't get much sleep."

-- Woody Allen (1935 - ____) US comedian, actor, film director

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