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A large cat, believed to be a lion, was reportedly seen in f

Post: # 2712Post Sas
Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:35 am

A large cat, believed to be a lion, was reportedly seen in fields in St Oysth, Essex

Published: 10:23pm, 26th August 2012
Updated: 7:36am, 27th August 2012


Firearms officers and police helicopters have joined the hunt for a lion that is thought to be roaming loose in Essex.

Residents were told to stay indoors as search teams worked throughout the night to track down the large cat, which was spotted in a field by a member of the public on Sunday night.

Essex Police have enlisted the help of experts from Colchester Zoo who believe the sighting to be genuine after viewing a photograph of the animal taken by a local resident.

Two police helicopters using heat-seeking equipment have been involved in the hunt for the animal, while zoo workers said to be armed with tranquilliser guns have also joined armed officers.

A Essex Police spokeswoman said that officers would be returning to areas where the animal had been spotted during daylight hours to look for signs it had been there, such as pawprints.

The big cat was seen in fields off Earls Hall Drive in St Osyth, near Clacton, Essex, just before 7pm on Sunday. Police immediately issued a warning to residents to stay inside their homes as officers began a search near where the animal was spotted.

Che Kevlin said he heard what he believed to be a roar whilst out walking his dog on Sunday night. He told the BBC: "I heard a loud roar at 10pm. It sounded like a lion. It was worrying as we had just been for a walk with the dog. We saw the police helicopter but thought it was just searching for a person. We have a field and wood just behind our fence, so you never know."

Police are trying to establish where the lion may have come from and have urged anyone who sees it to call 999. A force spokeswoman confirmed the animal had not escaped from Colchester Zoo, as all its animals had been accounted for.

There have been rumours that the big cat may have escaped from a circus that had been performing in the Essex area, but they are yet to be substantiated. The Great British Circus was based at Clacton Airfield but its run in the area ended around a fortnight ago, according to a local events website.

The police spokeswoman added: "We are investigating where the lion may have came from but it is fairly safe to say that it did not escape from Colchester Zoo."

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Re: A large cat, believed to be a lion, was reportedly seen

Post: # 2713Post falkor
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:41 pm

looks like the Lion has gone to ground

where do you reckon it went SAS ? :16

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Re: A large cat, believed to be a lion, was reportedly seen

Post: # 2716Post Sas
Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:08 am

There saying now it's a hoax but you never know

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