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See V.F.D. (disambiguation) for other uses.

Volunteer Feline Detectives (Panthera leo) were a pack of detective lions that once lived in the caves of the Mortmain Mountains.


The lions were once "noble" creatures trained by VFD Volunteers to detect smoke in the Mortmain Mountains,[2] such as Beatrice and Bertrand Baudelaire.[3] At some point, the fire-starting side of V.F.D. took control of the felines, as well as the V.F.D. Eagles.

The lions trained by either Beatrice or Bertrand were killed, and their heads mounted on Count Olaf's wall.[3]

After many years, the lions are loose in The Hinterlands, neglected and starved. Count Olaf and Madame Lulu capture and abuse the lions, with Olaf whipping them hard enough to leave scars. They are described as lethargic and malnourished, one having all its ribs visible. The lions were to be used as an attraction, where employees of the freakshow were fed to them, but due to some unintentional chaos, the lions instead ate Madame Lulu and the Bald Man with the Long Nose.

The lions left in the pit are killed in the Caligari Carnival fire; Lemony Snicket states that he later found their blackened bodies.[1]

The whereabouts of any potential remaining Volunteer Feline Detectives is currently unknown.