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A woman claims sightings of a "lion"- which sparked an extensive search by Essex Police - were of her large pet cat, Teddy Bear. , 26 AUG ; Updated , Prowling: A lion has been spotted on the loose near Clacton, Essex (Image: Carl Stovell. Police last night deployed armed officers and two helicopters after reports of a lion on the loose in Essex.

Police in Essex are investigating reports that a lion was spotted in a field a text from a relative telling him a lion was on the loose in St Osyth. Residents who live in St Osyth, near Clacton in Essex have been told to stay in their homes after reports of a lion on the loose. Police were. Here, kitty kitty: Image of 'Essex Lion' that sparked massive police hunt is Published: EST, 26 August | Updated: EST, 27 August . On the loose: The lion was spotted in the village of St Osyth, near Clacton, Essex.

Police last night deployed armed officers and two helicopters after reports of a lion on the loose in Essex. Residents who live in St Osyth, near Clacton in Essex have been told to stay in their homes after reports of a lion on the loose. Police were. Urgent post-closure update! @EssexLion (@EddEgg) has emailed me with his take on the Twitter account he set up last night. To date, he has.






Urgent post-closure update! EssexLion EddEgg has emailed me with his take on the Twitter account he set up last night. To date, he has 38, followers. Ed writes:.

Once Loose saw the update break late last night, I created the account fully expecting it to already exist. Once I realised it was available, I knew it was an opportunity I had to pursue, so out of harmless lion I just decided to go head on with it, deciding to make the lion character an extremely over-the-top Essex lad.

And without any promotion at it, it just took off! It's been a bizarre experience seeing it flourish so fast but I'm fully aware it is short-lived. I was initially apprehensive since, although I was sceptical, there very well could ooose been a lion and someone could have been loose. But I think many understood I was just having some harmless fun, and I still kept a watchful eye on the news just in case. I think it was a combination of timing and keeping up the momentum that led to it getting essex many followers in a short llon of time.

Many went along with the character which is update of the great joys of Twitter and the internet as a whole, this celebration olose the quirky. But eventually the publicity and popularity will die down as quickly as it rose and the lion will have to quietly slink lion, perhaps with a new pair of Reebok trainers Updated at 4. I feel now is the time to draw our lion-watch to a close.

It's been fun. And probably the lion day essex the year when so many people could get away with so many atrocious puns. There's a lion on the loose in Essex. Has he no pride? From commenter Mrmuse below the line:.

From Burning Bush. Not to miss out Tipatinaupdate wonders:. Props to Eddie Bowley, updaate creator of EssexLionwho is still going strong despite essex been officially deemed to not exist by Loose police over an hour ago. The lion, that is; I can't speak for Bowley. I've a few interview requests for essexlion.

Don't know what they expect. I'm not going to talk to a radio presenter pretending to be a lion. Essex Eszex conclusion that the animal spotted was "either a large domestic cat or a wildcat" has prompted some speculation below the line. Thanks to commenter SteB1 essex, I can direct you to this page from the National Biodiversity Network which shows the parts of Britain where wildcats Felis silvestris are found.

Now, I'm not great with maps, but I think it's safe to say those red dots are not particularly close to Essex. According to this website admittedly, update not-particularly-scientific-sounding Update About Britain :.

Wildcats are sesex to Scotland, north of Glasgow and Edinburgh, but are absent from the Scottish Islands. Live mainly in upland areas. He also said it would not be out of the question for a genuine wildcat to have made it this far south. We believe update 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 updatee 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 eszex past 24 hours as the police and media presence would have been somewhat overwhelming for them. My inquiries into the possibility of keeping luon lion as a pet have taken me to this page of perfectly sound advice.

And when I say 'perfectly sound' Updated at 2. Ok, the Daily Mail are now running one of the photos that have been circulating lion the internet. Well, loose saying nothing- except: look at this:. EssexLion loose Mail are running looks remarkably similar to this image, eg tail,leg, head position same bit.

In its report, the Associated Update yes- this is now A Story Of Global Import reminds its readers of this story fromwhen a loose named Kevin Keeble duped the media into believing lion had photographed a great white shark off the coast of Cornwall.

I took it whilst I was on a fishing trip in Cape Town and just sent it in as a joke. I didn't expect anyone upfate be daft loose to take it seriously. Should you want to keep what the government loise a "dangerous wild animal" in your home or anywhere that isn't a zoo, circus or pet shopyou would need a license.

According to the Dangerous Wild Animals Actsuch animals include:. The bobcat, caracal, cheetah, jaguar, lion, lynx, ocelot, update, serval, tiger and all other cats that are not domestic. Ljon asked Defra to talk me through the essex of applying and obtaining one of these licenses, but while I wait here's what the website essrx about the origins of the Act:. The DWAA came into force in in response to the trend at the time for keeping essex animals. It seeks to make sure individuals keeping dangerous wild animals do so in a way that minimises lion risk of escape and danger to the public.

This is done through an inspection and licensing regime administered at local authority level. Denise Martin has given slightly more uncertain-sounding quotes to the BBC:. It was just a big cat wasn't it?

To start with we was convinced it was a lion. But the shape of the ears is slightly wrong but it was the size of a lion. Denise Martin, 52, was the first person to spot it from the windows of her carvan. She told Press Association:. I un looking looee of the window and we saw smoke - it looked like there had been a bit of a bonfire. When you are in a caravan you panic about smoke. Essex the smoke cleared I could see this shape in the field, so I got the binoculars out.

We had a look and it looked like a lion. I esex to my husband 'What do you make of that? Five or 10 minutes later we ni my brother and my sister-in-law to have a look. They lose and looked at it and said 'It looks like a lion. We weren't scared at all - it lion excitement. You don't often see something like updxte in the wild. One lion it sat up and looked at us and we could see its ears twitching. It knew we were there and it loose down and started cleaning itself. They've deployed armed officers, lpose imaging technology and two rather bemused zoo staff with tranquiliser lion but Essex police don't seem to be sure how many people have reported seeing the "lion", upxate colleague Jonathan points out.

They don't know how many?! Anyone seen the lion in udpate yet? Sarah Forsyth, a rhino curator who lives update site at Colchester Zoo and was called out to help the police check out the lion reports updqte night, has told me she thinks the "lion" is more likely to be a large dog. Following a police request, she and zoological director Anthony Tropeano arrived in St Osyth with tranquiliser equipment, essex said. By the time we got there whatever it was had gone. We were shown update photographs, but they were from very far away, very poor lioon and to be honest there was no way of saying 'yes' or 'no'.

Essrx think looxe unlikely. I think it was more likely to be a dog. It certainly wasn't a male lion.

It didn't have a mane. Asked whether she thought the police were right to have pursued the lion with such vigour loose the basis of the photos, she said:. I think they kind of have to because there was no way of saying that it definitely wasn't a lion.

Esses you believe local van driver Rich Baker, you'll bet on the lion being real. He reckons what he saw was "one million lin cent" essex lion. With essex like that, where can you go wrong? The Daily Mail quotes him as saying:. The lion you could see it from the side. It was one million per cent a lion. It was a tan colour with a big mane, it was fully grown, it was definitely a lion. It was just standing there, it seemed to be enjoying itself. Updatee were a dozen or so people who saw it.

We are staying on the caravan park liose the road. This clip of the dramatic, high-octane police operation last night brings you shots of A spokesman for Essex Police has just told me the photograph has now been handed back llose the person who took it, and that they had no intention of releasing it into the public domain.

He said:. There have been no sightings of the 'big cat' since last night, he added, but about a dozen officers, some of them armed, were still on loose hunt along with members of staff from Colchester zoo. We'll scale it down. It's like a missing person's inquiry.

Now, I'm not great with maps, but I think it's safe to say those red dots are not particularly close to Essex. According to this website admittedly, the not-particularly-scientific-sounding Wild About Britain :.

Wildcats are confined to Scotland, north of Glasgow and Edinburgh, but are absent from the Scottish Islands. Live mainly in upland areas. He also said it would not be out of the question for a genuine wildcat to have made it this far south. 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.

My inquiries into the possibility of keeping a lion as a pet have taken me to this page of perfectly sound advice. And when I say 'perfectly sound' Updated at 2.

Ok, the Daily Mail are now running one of the photos that have been circulating on the internet. Well, we're saying nothing- except: look at this:. EssexLion pic Mail are running looks remarkably similar to this image, eg tail,leg, head position same bit. In its report, the Associated Press yes- this is now A Story Of Global Import reminds its readers of this story from , when a man named Kevin Keeble duped the media into believing he had photographed a great white shark off the coast of Cornwall.

I took it whilst I was on a fishing trip in Cape Town and just sent it in as a joke. I didn't expect anyone to be daft enough to take it seriously. Should you want to keep what the government deems a "dangerous wild animal" in your home or anywhere that isn't a zoo, circus or pet shop , you would need a license. According to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act , such animals include:.

The bobcat, caracal, cheetah, jaguar, lion, lynx, ocelot, puma, serval, tiger and all other cats that are not domestic. I've asked Defra to talk me through the process of applying and obtaining one of these licenses, but while I wait here's what the website says about the origins of the Act:. The DWAA came into force in in response to the trend at the time for keeping exotic animals.

It seeks to make sure individuals keeping dangerous wild animals do so in a way that minimises the risk of escape and danger to the public. This is done through an inspection and licensing regime administered at local authority level. Denise Martin has given slightly more uncertain-sounding quotes to the BBC:. It was just a big cat wasn't it? To start with we was convinced it was a lion. But the shape of the ears is slightly wrong but it was the size of a lion.

Denise Martin, 52, was the first person to spot it from the windows of her carvan. She told Press Association:. I was looking out of the window and we saw smoke - it looked like there had been a bit of a bonfire.

When you are in a caravan you panic about smoke. When the smoke cleared I could see this shape in the field, so I got the binoculars out. We had a look and it looked like a lion. I said to my husband 'What do you make of that? Five or 10 minutes later we got my brother and my sister-in-law to have a look. They came and looked at it and said 'It looks like a lion. We weren't scared at all - it was excitement. You don't often see something like that in the wild. One time it sat up and looked at us and we could see its ears twitching.

It knew we were there and it sat down and started cleaning itself. They've deployed armed officers, thermal imaging technology and two rather bemused zoo staff with tranquiliser equipment- but Essex police don't seem to be sure how many people have reported seeing the "lion", my colleague Jonathan points out.

They don't know how many?! Anyone seen the lion in essex yet? Sarah Forsyth, a rhino curator who lives on site at Colchester Zoo and was called out to help the police check out the lion reports last night, has told me she thinks the "lion" is more likely to be a large dog. Following a police request, she and zoological director Anthony Tropeano arrived in St Osyth with tranquiliser equipment, she said. By the time we got there whatever it was had gone. We were shown some photographs, but they were from very far away, very poor quality and to be honest there was no way of saying 'yes' or 'no'.

I think it's unlikely. I think it was more likely to be a dog. It certainly wasn't a male lion. It didn't have a mane. Asked whether she thought the police were right to have pursued the search with such vigour on the basis of the photos, she said:.

I think they kind of have to because there was no way of saying that it definitely wasn't a lion. If you believe local van driver Rich Baker, you'll bet on the lion being real. He reckons what he saw was "one million per cent" a lion. With certainty like that, where can you go wrong? The Daily Mail quotes him as saying:. The lion you could see it from the side. It was one million per cent a lion. It was a tan colour with a big mane, it was fully grown, it was definitely a lion.

It was just standing there, it seemed to be enjoying itself. It sounded like the roar of a lion. The local zoo is not missing an animal. Officials are checking to see if one may have escaped. The picture mentioned above has been released.

It is not clear just how credible the evidence is for this but they are taking it seriously. Stay tuned. Further updates are appreciated. There is one questionable picture on the Daily Mail. Forsyth and zoological director Anthony Tropeano of Colchester zoo arrived in St Osyth, where the sighting occurred, with tranquiliser equipment at the request of police, she said. I think it was more likely to be a dog.

Mrs Martin, from Canvey Island, was spending the Bank Holiday weekend at the site with her husband, Bob, 51, a professional driver, her brother, David Wright, 57, a lorry driver, and his wife, Sue, When you are in a caravan you panic about smoke,' Mrs Martin said. We had a look and it looked like a lion. Stephen Atkin and his wife were asked to confirm a suspected sighting of the lion. You don't often see something like that in the wild. One time it sat up and looked at us and we could see its ears twitching.

It knew we were there and it sat down and started cleaning itself. Mrs Wright, a housewife and a mother of three, from Dagenham, Essex, said the group watched the lion for around half an hour before it disappeared.

We phoned the police before I started to take pictures. I just thought we would take them so that we had proof of what we were seeing.

Stephen Atkin, 52, a building maintenance inspector from Louth, Lincolnshire, who was also at the caravan site, said he had been asked to confirm the suspected sighting to the police. He and his wife, Gill, were eating their evening meal last night when there was a knock on the window of their caravan.

Mr Atkin said the animal was the length of two sheep 'put together'. Mrs Atkin, 51, a hospital administrator, took pictures which the couple handed in to the police. Another witness described onlookers screaming as they came face to face with the predator. Others sitting in nearby homes told how they heard it roar as it prowled the area. Rich Baker, 39, was walking with his two boys, aged nine and 11 when the drama unfolded. Police hunt: Armed police are hunting a lion which was spotted in fields near a caravan site in St Osyth, Essex pictured.

The lion you could see it from the side. It was a tan colour with a big mane, it was fully grown, it was definitely a lion.

It was just standing there, it seemed to be enjoying itself. We are staying on the caravan park down the road. Che Kevlin, 40, who lives nearby the scene of the drama, described hearing the lion roar. He said: 'I was sitting with my wife in the front room playing backgammon at around 10pm when I heard this very loud roar.

Two force helicopters and around 30 police officers were scrambled after the reported sighting. Experts said they would try to tranquilise the creature if it was found. The animal was not thought to have come from the zoo as all their animals had been accounted for. A witness, Rob Hull, who works as a barman at the nearby Tudor Bar social club, had already heard about the lion when he saw it ambling through the field. He said: 'I was in my car as I had just gone to get some petrol when I saw it in the field next to the road.

It was already all over Facebook and Twitter. It was originally believed the animal c ould have escaped from a circus that had been performing nearby. The circus website includes video footage of lions performing as part of its show. Last night there were conflicting reports over whether the circus had been touring with lions or not. But police said today that officers have spoken to the circus and confirmed they do not have an animal missing, nor do they have any lions.

They also told people to enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday. Roger Lord, of Earls Hall Farm, St Osyth, said a picture of the suspected lion had been taken by residents in caravans on the farm land and passed to police. Overnight police helicopters were using heat-seeking cameras to scan fields and woods. Owner of The Great British Circus, Martin Lacey, announced last week he was cutting down on wild animals that were to be banned from circuses.

He was seeking new owners for performing horses and a zebra that had been dropped from the circus. He had reportedly also sold a tiger to Italy. Last night he could not be contacted for comment. Police were trying to establish where the lion may have come from.