Delonte West is an animal lover.
He has the Chinese symbol for the word lion tattooed on his neck to represent his Leo zodiac sign.
Last summer West celebrated his birthday with a lion-shaped birthday cake.
So when the former Boston Celticscurrent Dallas Mavericks guard and teammate Lamar Odom recently took a trip to the Dallas Zoo, West felt in his element.
After all, whats a trip to the zoo without dining with the lions and giving birth to a cheetah?
"Well, I think they noticed as soon as I came into the zoo my natural animal instinct, you know what I mean?" Delonte said, speaking of the actual animals. "I got a chance to eat with the lions, you know? They had Lamar playing with the penguins, but they needed me for the more animalistic-type of things, carnivore-type of things. So, I also had a chance to give birth to a baby cheetah today and Im just overwhelmed with the experience to be amongst my own and my peers."
West went on to say he hoped the animals would accept him "as the pack leader."