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Lion on the Loose

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) _ A man whose pet lion ran amok on an Ohio highway is coming under some scrutiny.

Lambert, a 550-pound lion, managed to loosen a cracked support beam and crawl out of his pen Monday. He then ran out onto the highway and, according to 911 callers, started "attacking'' cars.

The lion was recaptured and no one was hurt.

But the incident caught the attention of the Pike County Humane Society, which will issue Lambert's owner with a warning and is investigating the escape.

Ohio doesn't require permits for exotic or dangerous animals, but that would change under a bill that the state legislature is considering.

The owner says he was building a stronger cage when Lambert got out.


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