Lion At Wynnewood Zoo Becomes Best Friends With Wiener Dog


Tuesday, July 16th 2013, 6:45 pm
By: Dana Hertneky


In the wild, Bonedigger the lion may consider Milo the wiener dog lunch. But at the GW Zoological Park in Wynnewood, he's his best friend.

"The wiener dogs actually think they're a lion and the lion thinks he's a wienie dog," laughed Park Manager John Reinke.

Bonedigger was raised from a baby inside Reinke's home, where Milo and Maggie also lived. They became fast friends.

"So they just got to playing together, laying together, sleeping together and eating together," Reinke recalled.

So when Bonedigger grew bigger and moved outside into to a cage, Milo, Maggie and a few of their friends moved in too.

"You'll see him running around the house and wienie dogs will be chasing him, so he actually runs from the wienie dogs. The next moment you might see him chasing them. So they do awesome together," Reinke said.

Bonedigger and the dogs have been living together for about four years. And are now attracting international attention.

Video of Milo cleaning Bonedigger's teeth has appeared on most major networks. And next week a crew from Canada is coming down to cover the unlikely friends.

It's superstardom the King of the Jungle here seems ready for now that he has his posse.