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[Merged x 2 ] Lion on Loose in Essex

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#16    ThePhantomFlanFlinger



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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:16 AM

Hang on....two lions...?.... :unsure2:


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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:15 AM

Jemma from Towie after another fake tan 'accident'.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:27 AM

Im going to st osyth next month. I'll have a look round for it

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:03 AM

View Postskookum, on 27 August 2012 - 08:06 AM, said:

What is Essex like? Size, geography? How hard would it be to find a lion or lose a lion? Livestock around?

Edited by QuiteContrary, 27 August 2012 - 10:35 AM.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:29 AM

I heard about this on the news.
The area close to me has had numerous black panther sightings.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:57 AM

Are people allowed to own exotic animals in the UK?

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:59 AM

Police said all the animals at Colchester Zoo had been accounted for.

The spokesman said a circus had been in the area, at Clacton Airfield, recently but added: "Officers have spoken to the circus and confirmed that they do not have an animal missing, nor do they have any lions."


That suggests a private owner, or....it's not a lion :unsure2:

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:00 PM

Tie out a goat and see if you can a good picture.  I suspect y'all might have some big cats breeding in the wild from when you could own them back in the 60's. They need a lot of land, though.  The witnesses said the cat had a white chest, that is kind of odd. Might be just a big yellow tom, still, but better to err on the side of caution.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:08 PM

This was breaking news on Sky News and BBC News 24 last night.

One man phoned in to BBC News 24 and said that he heard what sounded like a big cat roaring outside.  At first he thought that his young son had his TV on in his bedrooom and that was what he had heard.  When he went to check he saw that his son's TV wasn't on.  Then he received a text message from his brother saying that a lion had been spotted in the area and that the police were urging residents to stay indoors.

The nearby Colchester Zoo said that all their lions are accounted for so it's not one of theirs.  There was a circus in the area a few weeks ago but the circus said that it never had any lions.

Let's hope this finally shuts up those skeptics who doubt that big cats are roaming the British countryside.

Edited by TheLastLazyGun, 27 August 2012 - 12:10 PM.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:12 PM

Colchester Zoo said it looks like a big cat so...private collector?

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:23 PM

If it had been a cougar, I would say tie out David Beckham, that would make me come out!!

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:20 PM

Ugh I Bet They Will Kill The Poor Animal :(

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:43 PM

Either that or let it kill a person.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:52 PM

Well according to Sky News,the police have called off the search due to finding no evidence of an escaped 'lion' ...


Edited by BrianPotter, 27 August 2012 - 01:57 PM.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:06 PM


Police have called off a search for a lion reportedly on the loose in Essex.

Officers have spent almost 24 hours combing the countryside around Clacton-on-Sea after a group of residents yesterday claimed to have seen the king of the jungle near Earls Hall Drive in St Osyth.

But after search teams found no evidence of the big cat, the force this afternoon decided to stop looking.

Witnesses reported seeing a lioness in fields stalking up and down a hedgerow before it was disturbed by a farmer and ran off.

Armed officers and Colchester Zoo workers armed with tranquiliser guns searched for pawprints after sightings of the animal were reported at 7pm on Sunday.

Police urged residents in the village to remain inside their homes as the search for the big cat continued.

But on Monday an Essex Police spokesman said: "We believe what was seen on Sunday evening was either a large domestic cat or a wildcat.

"Extensive searches have been carried out, areas examined and witnesses spoken to; yet nothing has been found to suggest that a lion was in the area.

"We would like to thank the local community and holidaymakers for their patience and support throughout the past 24 hours as the police and media presence would have been somewhat overwhelming for them."

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