A lion tamer is walking a lion around downtown New York when he gets a call on his cell phone from the big cat's owner. The owner is on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, and wants the tamer to bring the lion up so it can see the city.
On the ride up in the elevator, the animal becomes frightened, and attacks the tamer, mauling him severely.
When they get off, the owner says to the tamer: "Boy, you look awful!"
The tamer replies: "I'll tell you one thing, chief, I'm not taking this lion down!"