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Is this why they don't have the lions at MGM anymore?

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  1. DonnyC

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    Lion attacks keeper at MGM. Fairly mild, no blood.
     
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    I doubt it. MGM is replacing the lions with a revenue generating bar. Vegas' kid friendly entertainment days are dead.
     
  3. lisaloveslv

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    No, they took away lions so as not to scare away the Asian gamblers. See this excerpt from Wikipedia:

    Originally, the main entrance on the Strip was inside the mouth of a giant cartoon-like version of MGM's mascot, Leo the Lion, but this entrance feature was changed to a more traditional entrance; many Chinese gamblers avoided the casino or entered through the back entrance, due to the feng shui belief that entering the mouth of the lion was "bad luck."[6] In 1998, a large bronze statue of Leo was added above the entrance to keep with the MGM Lion theme, while not scaring away their more superstitious guests. The statue weighs 50 tons, and at 45 feet (14 m) tall, on a 25-foot pedestal, is the largest bronze statue in the U.S.
     
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    That's referring to the entrance, not the live lion habitat.
     
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    This!! MGM had grand plans of a Disneyland type resort, never played out and those lions took up valuable revenue generating real estate.
     
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    Talk about a nightmare situation. That lion wasn't missing a beat on who he was running after. The guys didn't even look that different - same shirts and pants...but he would not give up going after that guy.
     
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    I remember about 20 years ago hen they had a Disney type resort at the MGM.
     
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    either the lion was just toying with him or it was drugged up. There is no way a human can just push down a lion to the ground and run off... even still I bet that guy crapped his pants.
     
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    They did, it's where the big parkade is now and went to the back of their property, and over to where the pools are now. I was a kid and did spend time there.

    Now for kids there's Excalibur and Circus Circus (shudder)....
     
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    I remember seeing their Wizard of oz like adventure park but never did any rides, until we wanted to and then it was gone. Spent much time at Circus Circus until we grew out of that
     
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    I don't blame them at all for replacing it. That must have costed a bunch of money for no revenue. I never stopped to watch the lions for more than a couple minutes. And it's not like they were a refuge or anything like that.
     
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