Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Essex 'Lion' A Pet Cat Called Teddy Bear?

A massive "lion" that sparked an urgent hunt involving armed officers and two police helicopters using heat-seeking equipment is now believed to be a domestic pussycat called Teddy Bear.

Panic and excitement gripped Clacton-on-Sea in Essex at the weekend after a group of residents claimed to have seen a lion at a caravan park in St Osyth.

Armed officers and Colchester Zoo workers armed with tranquiliser guns spent almost 24 hours combing the countryside.

Residents were warned to stay indoors on Sunday night, and caravanners were moved to a nearby garden centre.

But after search teams found no evidence of the fearsome predator, police called off the search on Monday afternoon.

Now it appears the giant man-eater was no more than a large domestic cat, with amused locals already compiling a list of possible suspects. Read More