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Lion Sighting Sparks Panic, Search in UK Seaside Resort: VIDEO


Campers at a UK trailer park reported seeing a lion roaming grasslands in St. Osyth, Essex last night sparking a heat-seeking helicopter search and an armed manhunt, the Telegraph reports:

“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. There were a dozen or so people who saw it. We are staying on the caravan park down the road. It’s very busy – it’s a seaside resort and a bank holiday.”

Mr Baker, who was out with his two sons, aged nine and 11, said they made a dash for safety.

He said: “I grabbed my children’s hands and we ran towards our caravan. My children started to scream, “daddy, is the lion going to get us?”

Watch a report from ITN, AFTER THE JUMP...

(an image being passed around on Twitter is reportedly the lion authorities are looking for)

The escaped lion now has its own Twitter account.

UPDATE: Lion search called off...

Officers have spent almost 24 hours combing the countryside around Clacton-on-Sea after a group of residents on Sunday 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 police decided to stop looking on Monday afternoon.

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  1. In northern CA, close to SF and in many pricey suburbs (Los Gatos is called that for a reason--the name refers to "big cats"), mountain lions come down from the hills to the suburbs all the time. Get a few Rhodesian ridgebacks (dogs bred to hunt lions), and they will confuse and subdue the cats until they can be tranquilized. Mine did it once with just one other ridgeback. The lions don't need to be killed and you don't need a helicopter. Ridgebacks were cross-bred by the colonizing Brits because their hunting dogs couldn't handle the heat in Rhodesia, but the native dogs wouldn't put up with lions.

    This story seems quite odd if lions aren't native to the area, which seems likely.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 27, 2012 9:31:13 AM

  2. There is a HUGE difference between a mountain lion and an African Lion, although both are dangerous, one of them is certain death.

    Posted by: Javier | Aug 27, 2012 9:46:38 AM

  3. Aslan!

    Posted by: endo | Aug 27, 2012 10:01:44 AM

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  5. wasn't it a lion in the streets of rome that predicted Caesar's assassination in shakespeare's play? Better watch out Prince Chuck..

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Aug 27, 2012 10:47:42 AM

  6. African lionesses are the hunters. Lions are more lazy and their size makes them slower than the females.

    Posted by: unruly | Aug 27, 2012 10:58:34 AM

  7. @Javier: Well thanks for the info. Also, duh.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 27, 2012 11:57:08 AM

  8. Hand fed lions from zoos are probably not going to attack anyone, but it is a bit of a challenge getting them back into a cage.

    "Yes, children, the lion is going to get us."

    Posted by: anon | Aug 27, 2012 12:07:13 PM

  9. may be it was sam from "True Blood"

    Posted by: rudy | Aug 28, 2012 2:07:23 AM

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