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Carmelo Anthony and son (not) mauled by lion at the Denver Zoo

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Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony took his two-year-old son, Kiyan, to get up-close-and-personal with some wild beasts at the Denver Zoo last month, prompting his fiance, former MTV VJ La La Vasquez, to wonder if Melo was having a Michael-Jackson-dangling-Blanket-off-the-balcony moment.

She recounts the incident in an entry on her blog, I Am La La, called "How Close is TOO Close?"

So Melo and I recently took Kiyan to the zoo. Mel decided he wanted an up close and personal interaction with the lions and tigers. I was TOTALLY against it. Check out these pictures! Please tell me if this is TOOOO close for you?? Was i being paranoid? And yes Kiyan had his Halloween costume on again! LOL

Zoo spokeswoman Tiffany Barnhart -- yeah, we made a phone call, so what? -- confirmed that Melo, La La and Kiyan got a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo's Predator Ridge exhibit, which houses lions, hyenas and wild dogs. But, she assures us, Kiyan was never in danger of ending up in a predator's belly.

"There's lines on the floor as to how close Carmelo can get. He never passed those lines," she says.

As for La La, Barnhart says, "I appreciate her healthy respect and fear of our animals because they are wild, but they were perfectly safe."

Child advocacy groups and Denver sports fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

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