Two of my past My Town Mondays have been about the Amarillo Zoo and The Big Texan Steak Ranch. This week I am combining the two.
The Big Texan is world famous for it's 72 ounce steak. The restaurant has been featured in movies television shows, and magazines.
The Amarillo Zoo while far from famous has made drastic improvements in recent years, including the addition of African lions.
As part of the local Independence Day celebration the zoo hosted Red , White and Zoo days this past Saturday. As part of that celebration Solomon, the zoo's resident male lion took part in a challenge ... to break the 90 second record time for consuming the 72.oz steak. A Bengal tiger set that record back in the 70's. (Competitive eater, Joey Chestnut holds the human record time of 8 minutes and 52 seconds.)
For Solomon's attempt I was there taking video with my phone.
This first video is a shot of a Big Texan employee showing everyone what a 72oz steak looks like.
Solomon was an eager participant, coming out of the gates and going right for the meat.
But ... the 90 second mark came and went and still the lion was eating.
At 2 minutes 11 seconds Solomon finished off the steak and went on the prowl for more.
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