I am reminded of a time when the Candon Park Zoo was on Key Biscayne in Miami (before Hurricane Andrew) and the Seaquarium and research station was nearby where one researcher had some dolphins that appeared to be very old but still healthy, and the one thing that was different was that they would sneak up on seagulls on the water and eat those. So as they were in captivity it was up to the researcher to supply the birds.
So every day on cold mornings older birds would hang out on the beach as arthritis made such flying difficult (they were Snowbirds after all) and he was able to capture enough to feed his charges. Well one day a lion got loose from the zoo and was standing right in the path to the beach. Out of fear he grabbed a coconut to throw at the lion and hit it square on the head knocking it out.
Making it to the beach he discovered that the lion had eaten all the snowbirds so he had a heck of a time getting the ones that could still fly away, but he had improved his technique enough that he did get some and the lion was still out when he had to step across it heading back to his car At which point he was promptly arrested and tossed in jail.
I will leave others to guess what the charges were and will add that later.
Hint : He had been transporting young gulls across state lions for immortal porpoises.