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LION'S ROAR WAS THE REAL THING

People who reported hearing a lion roaring in the vicinity of an auto transmission shop weren't crying wolf.

Police investigating the complaints Friday found a 6-month-old male lion at Yonkers Transmission, where it had been living for four days. "He's really more like a kitten, about 160 pounds," Patsy Tartaglione, a partner in the shop, said Saturday. "But I guess the neighbors were complaining."

Lt. Vincent Fontana said he was reluctant to send an officer to track down reports of lion roars. "You get a lot of calls from people hearing things that don't check out," he said.

But as calls persisted, Fontana dispatched Sgt. Brian Hill, who asked Tartaglione if he knew anything about a lion. Tartaglione said he had one in the back room.

He was vague about where the animal came from. "A friend of a friend dropped him off," he said. "I really don't know who he was." No charges were filed.

The lion was given a sedative and taken to a holding pen at John F. Kennedy Airport. Officials said the cat probably would go to a zoo.

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