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Boston Restaurant Makes Meaty Donation to Southwick’s Zoo

Leroy the Lion enjoys a delicious

meal fit for a king.

When Boston's Capital Grille Restaurant temporarily lost its power due to a fire in Back Bay, the eatery's Managing Partner Christopher Scott said he didn't want to take any chances serving the restaurant's meat to customers. "With our quality of standards, we always default to the health and welfare of our customers," he said. As a result, Scott made the very generous decision to donate 2,500 pounds of meat to Southwick's Animal Zoo. Accordingly, the Zoo's lion and his three cat counter parts each enjoyed a meal fit for a king.

The March 13 power outage was the result of a fire in an 115,000 volt transformer caught fire. On March 14 Palmer called Southwick's Director Betsey Brewer about the meat and she was thrilled with the offer.

According to Brewer, the four cats at the zoo—a Lion called Leroy, Bengal tigers Kya and Taj, and the African Leopard named Mowgli—typically eat what's known as tube meat, which is like hamburger with added bone and hide to it. "It's really good for them," said Brewer. However, for the animals to be dining on top-notch sirloin was really going to be a treat. She said, "I think they're certainly going to enjoy this quality of meat."

The next day, a truck full of meat pulled up to the Zoo's entrance in the early afternoon. Scott came along to watch the felines enjoy the restaurant's meat which was believed to have a value of $20,000. "We didn't want to see it go to waste," said Scott of the donated meat. "We wanted to do the right thing."

The cats will be able to enjoy the meat for some time to come, as they eat every three days. Brewer added it will save the Zoo thousands of dollars. Southwick's is a private family owned zoo, and as a result, it does not receive any government funding so any donations are greatly appreciated.


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