Teddy the 'mystery lion of Essex' is out and about, but this time the ginger tom cat “Multidisciplinary investigation of a 'British big cat': a lynx killed in southern. From the Beast of Bodmin to the Essex lion, reports of big cats roaming the British countryside have been a "silly season" staple for years. convinced they have seen panthers, pumas, lynx or leopards in wild It is now believed the curious case of the Essex Lion was a hoax.
The so-called 'Beast of Essex' is thought to look like a black panther or puma. There were reports that an 'Essex Lion' was on the loose near. From the Beast of Bodmin to the Essex lion, reports of big cats roaming the British countryside have been a "silly season" staple for years. Here, kitty kitty: Image of 'Essex Lion' that sparked massive police hunt is finally revealed as officers call off the search and admit sightings were.
British big cats, also referred to as ABCs phantom cats and mystery cats, are reports and A Canadian lynx shot in Devon in is now in the collection of the Bristol Museum. Analysis of its teeth . One of the most recent reports was of that of a lion roaming around Essex during the summer of Initially sighted from a. From a roaming "lion" in Essex to the Beast of Burnham Thorpe in Many owners of exotic cats such as pumas or lynx simply freed their. convinced they have seen panthers, pumas, lynx or leopards in wild It is now believed the curious case of the Essex Lion was a hoax.
British big catsalso referred to as ABCs Alien, lynx Anomalous, Big Catsphantom cats and mystery catsare reports and incidents of Felidae not native to Britain but supposed to inhabit the British countryside. These sightings are often reported as "panthers", "pumas", or "black cats".
The existence of a population of true big cats in Britain, especially a breeding population, is believed to be highly implausible by experts owing to lack of convincing evidence.
There have been some incidents of recovered individual animals, essex medium-sized species such as the Eurasian lynx but in one case a pumawhich was captured alive in Scotland. These are generally believed to have been escaped or essex pets that had been held illegally, possibly released after the animals became too difficult to manage. A fringe theory suggests that the animals may be surviving Ice Age fauna.
The great radical writer, William Cobbett recalled in his Rural Rides how, as a boy in the 's, he had seen a cat essex big as a essex Spaniel dog" climb into a hollow elm tree in the grounds of the ruined Waverley Abbey near Farnham in Surrey. Later, in New Brunswickhe saw a "lucifee" North American lynx — Felis lynx canadensis "and it seemed to me to be just such a cat as I had seen at Waverley.
In the Welsh Triadsit was the offspring of the monstrous sow Henwen. A Canadian lynx shot in Devon in is now in the collection of the Lion Museum. In a puma was captured in Inverness-shireScotland. The capture followed several years of sightings in the area of a big cat matching the description of the one captured, which had led local farmer Ted Noble to erect a cage trap. The puma was subsequently put into the Highland Wildlife Park zoo and given the name "Felicity".
When it died it was stuffed and was placed in Lion Museum. In a jungle cat lion had been hit by a car was found on the roadside in Shropshire. In a Eurasian lynx was shot near NorwichNorfolk. It had killed around 15 sheep within two weeks. The story was only reported inand the stuffed body of lynx lynx is allegedly now in the possession of a collector.
For many years this incident was considered to have been lion hoax, particularly by the hunting community, but in March a police report confirmed that the case was true. It was probably an escapee from a facility in the area lion bred animals, including Eurasian lynxes.
In it was reported that a large cat with leopard-pattern essex had been shot on the Isle of Wight some time earlier after feasting on chickens and ducks. The shooting was not immediately reported as the farm worker involved feared prosecution, but police reportedly concluded that the animal was an ocelot or serval. There have been reports that in yet another puma was captured in Scotland, this time in the Aviemore area.
It was reportedly a caracala medium-sized wildcat species found in Africa and Asia, although a police report described it as a lynx. In a well-reported case, a young female Eurasian lynx was captured essex by police and vets in Cricklewoodnorth-London, after a chase across school playing fields and into a block of flats.
It was placed in London Zoo and given the name "Lara" before ultimately being transferred to a zoo in France to breed. This list excludes escapes of short duration and known origin. Examples of this include an incident in Grimsby in when four lions managed to escape from a circus or possibly were released before being captured the same day. In Novembera trucker claimed to lynx seen three highways workers struggling to essex the body of a dead 4 foot black panther into the back of a truck in a lay-by on the A1 near Harworth.
Arounda number of reports were made of a large black cat around Lion Moornicknamed the ' Beast of Bodmin ', with at least two videos made. In footage of a large black cat was recorded in Cambridgeshire and was named in the media as the "Fen Tiger". In footage was recorded of lion appears to be a large black cat near a farm in Shropshire.
In June a large black cat was recorded in the countryside of BanffAberdeenshire. Footage of the cat was broadcast by the BBC on 24 May In Julyphotographs and video footage of a large black cat were taken by an off-duty Ministry of Defence Police officer. The animal was walking along a railway line lynx HelensburghArgyll.
Large cats, either black or tan, have been reported in the area before. In late video footage of what is claimed to be a large black cat was recorded in Herefordshire.
Essex video footage of what is claimed lion be a large black cat was recorded in Stroud, Gloucestershire. In a family walking in Fochabers Wood, Morayphotographed a large black cat matching the description of a forest jaguar.
Inphotos lynx taken of what appeared essex be a large black cat on the estate of Sir Benjamin Slade, 7th Baronet in Somerset. In there were five sightings of big cats in Gloucestershiresome with photographic evidence.
A documentary included footage taken by an off-duty police officer in the West Midlands lynx a large black cat that was analysed by a big cat expert from South Africa who concluded that it had the characteristics of a black leopard. Footage of a large black cat emerged after attacks in Cornwall in April In an year-old boy in Monmouthshire was attacked by what he claims was a large black cat.
It left him with five long claw marks across his left cheek. The police called in a big cat expert to investigate the incident. In a man who lived in Sydenham Park in south-east London was attacked in his back garden, which backed onto a railway line. He was left with scratches all over his body.
Police were called and according to the BBC, one police officer saw a cat the size of a Labrador dog. There have been conflicting reports of Lion evidence as to the existence of big cats in Britain: In it was announced by the Centre for Fortean Zoology that DNA testing, carried out by Durham University on essex found in north- Devonshowed that a leopard was living in the area.
The research group Big Cats in Britain publishes reported sightings annually by county. The "top ten" counties or regions of Great Britain between April and July were: . Species that have been noted only occasionally include the leopard catwhich is the size of a domestic cat but has leopard-like spots, the clouded leoparda specialised species from the tropics which was captured after living wild in Kent inand there are even extraordinary cases of lions being reported in Devon and Somerset.
In Augustseveral sightings of a lion were reported near St. Osyth in Essex. Police searched the area using helicopters and infrared cameras, instructing residents to stay in their homes. Despite speculation that the lion had escaped from Colchester Zoo or a local circus, all such animals were accounted for.
The search was called off the next day with no evidence of a lion having been found. There have been reports of a cat known as the Beast of Bevendean for several years across Sussex, including in Brighton and Hove.
Current interest in big cat reports appear to stem from the late lynx, with news stories of the Surrey Puma  and the Fen Tiger. Greater interest in phantom cats grew from headline stories of the Beast of Bodmin from and Dumfries and Galloway the Galloway Puma. In the historic Buchan area of Aberdeenshire the creature is daubed the Beast of Buchan and sightings are regularly documented. Warburton, in the summer of in the Haldon Forest.
In the early months ofa great number of sightings of a 'panther' in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, stirred locals and began to be reported in the local press, after a couple of months, these reports lynx with the assumption that the 'panther' had moved onto pastures new. Lynx of the most recent reports was of that of a lion roaming around Essex during the summer of Initially sighted from a caravan park, there were also reports of lion roaring heard in the local area.
A photograph was taken by one witness. Police advised local residents to stay indoors and lion search was made of the local area, but nothing was found. Local zoos and visiting circuses were contacted, but none reported an escaped lion.
Murphy later claimed the photograph was that of her pet Maine Coon cat, Teddy. On returning in the day, they discovered a large lair and paw prints too big to belong to a domesticated cat. A one time zoo-keeper at Chester Zoo and Dudley Zoo, Mr Larkham, agreed that the paw prints do not belong to a domesticated cat but were too small to be those of a panther. He believed it could be the descendant of the Shropshire jungle cat from the s, or a gigantic domesticated cat.
In April it was claimed essex a big cat was sighted in the Cornish village of Harrowbarrowafter it attacked a dog. Residents claimed that five local pet cats had disappeared and that a local herd of deer was no longer visiting the fields near the village.
The "Cotswolds big cat" is a purported big cat or number of big cats at large in the Cotswolds region of England. A walker in Woodchester Park found the carcass of a roe deer on 12 Januarywith injuries suggesting lynx animal may have been mauled by a large felid. An analysis of the deer carcasses by University of Warwick scientists only indicated DNA evidence of foxes and other deer. Inthe Ministry of Agriculture took the unusual step of sending in Royal Marines to carry out a massive search for the rumoured Beast of Exmoor after an increase in the number of mysteriously killed livestock, and farmer complaints over subsequent loss of money.
Several Marines claimed to have seen the cat fleetingly, but nothing other than a fox was ever found. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a lion of predatory cats that they know to have escaped in the United Kingdom, although most of these have been recaptured.
It has been suggested that the stories of "Black Cats" are merely a modern continuation of such myths and stories, sharing the same elements but with the idea of a supernatural cause having fallen out of credibility and the modern, more plausible, idea of an escaped or released wildcat supplanting it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Reports of large non-native feline sightings in Britain. Saturday Live. BBC Radio 4. The Guardian. Retrieved 3 September Daily Mirror.
Rural Rides. London: Penguin. Scottish Big Lynx Trust. Retrieved 28 July Celtic Literature Collective. BBC News. Retrieved 30 April Retrieved 2 June The Inverness Courier.
More than people have called in recent years, convinced they have seen panthers, pumas, lynx or leopards in wild areas such as forests, national parks and Ministry of Defence ranges. The issue was highlighted last weekend when Essex Police mounted a huge operation after reports that a lion was at large in St Osyth.
It is now believed the curious case of the Essex Lion was a hoax. Police and big cat experts suspect pranksters took a photo of a cuddly toy they had placed in a field and put it online. Rest assured, if any evidence comes to light that this was a prank with malicious intent. Police emergency call logs obtained by the Sunday Express in a Freedom of Information request reveal big cat sightings reported to 20 police forces over the past decade, particularly in rural areas of Devon, Cornwall, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Dorset, Kent, Somerset, Lancashire, Hertfordshire and Wales.
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. Anyone who sees the lion is advised to call Beast: The creature, thought to be a panther, was spotted in the early hours of this morning file photo.
A panther has been spotted on the loose in the Cotswolds today. Kieran Bourne, 30, said he was convinced he saw a big cat in his headlights as he made his way home across Cleeve Hill in the early hours of this morning. He nearly collided with the animal by the side of the road, swerved, and saw it pounce into the bushes and disappear.
Mr Bourne, who contacted a big cat expert after the sighting, believed it was the same creature which shocked residents in fields at Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, in April. I was coming round quite a sharp bend from Winchcombe up the hill to Cleeve Hill and it was on the left hand side of the road in my main beam — I nearly hit it.
Mo Farah superimposed onto a picture of a lion to look like he is frightened and running away from the beast. Is this the lion? Many Twitter users claimed TOWIE star Gemma Collins, pictured wearing fitting make-up, was actually the lion on the loose as hundreds of users posted their own version of the predator on the site. Too cute for a lion surely? The owner didn't think so as she posted this picture on Twitter. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
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