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New reports of escaped 'lion' in Bedford

Posted on Tuesday, 9 October, 2012 | Comment icon 31 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A fresh sighting from two dog walkers has reignited the possibility of a lion on the loose in England.

Two women who requested to remain nameless for fear of ridicule have reported witnessing a large orange and brown creature roaming around a housing estate in Bedford. "I was stood about four feet away from it and Iíve seen enough National Geographic programmes to know it was on the prowl," said one. "I couldnít believe it. My two dogs were shaking. It was too big to be a domestic cat and it was definitely a wild animal. I know what I saw and he looked at me."

The 'Essex lion' as it is sometimes known continues to perplex authorities and has been met with a considerable amount of skepticism from local police. A full scale search was carried out only a few months ago when another witness reported coming across a similar creature in the area however no trace of any big cats was ever found.

"The hunt for the Essex lion caused widespread panic in August after holidaymakers claimed to have seen the animal near a caravan park in St Osyth, near Clacton."

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Comment icon #22 Posted by Junior Chubb on 11 October, 2012, 14:16
Lol... Roll on MadAsCamsCab 3: Europe's Most UnWanted...
Comment icon #23 Posted by 27vet on 11 October, 2012, 20:08
Slightly off topic but it really happened! Do you guys remember just recently in the USA, a whole bunch of wild animals were let out by their owner who then committed suicide? The tragedy was that almost all of the animals were shot. I don't know why they didn't dart them. Availability?
Comment icon #24 Posted by Junior Chubb on 11 October, 2012, 20:39
I remember it well, on here and on Cryptomundo. What a sad outcome, and what better evidence that we should not keep these animals for our own pleasure. IMO Zoo' are just about acceptable, unfortunately they are usually run for profit than for the good of the species they display. As for the film, I think Melo was referring to though (sorry if you already grasped that)...
Comment icon #25 Posted by GhostHunterChickx on 12 October, 2012, 13:05
Yeah I think it was just on the TV here in the UK, I have it recorded on sky but not watched it yet....those poor animals :-( the authorities take no chances with domesticated wild animals...if that makes sense??? they have relatively no fear of humans so are more of a danger to us than wild ones!
Comment icon #26 Posted by GhostHunterChickx on 12 October, 2012, 13:07
ps. couldn't find the police stuff, will have a trawl through my folders, sure I wrote the site address down somewhere...the Cambs police have changed their website since I last looked a few years back :-(
Comment icon #27 Posted by R4z3rsPar4d0x on 13 October, 2012, 22:09
LMAO wow people cannot keep track of Lions this day and age what the hells the world coming to
Comment icon #28 Posted by GhostHunterChickx on 15 October, 2012, 16:03
I just find it a bit scary when you are wandering about at night....especially when you think there may be a big predator on the loose :-( Still haven't watched the Documentary on that US bloke, I don't want to see them all shot dead :-( def wondering why they didn't tranq them tho?
Comment icon #29 Posted by GhostHunterChickx on 15 October, 2012, 16:15
Just found a newspaper report that mentions the police officer who investigates all the big cat sighting in Cambridgeshire. This report is about the Fen Tiger
Comment icon #30 Posted by Finity on 24 October, 2012, 22:45
Nice, I live in the farmland outside bedford :D Can you imagine rolling over at night in bed and seeing a lion's face looking back through the window? Chilling stuff :P
Comment icon #31 Posted by Eldorado on 25 October, 2012, 11:27
How about wakening up in the morning and it's lying next to you? With a twinkle in it's eye! (lol)

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