Police hunting a lion believed to be on the loose in Essex were contacted by locals who had taken a photograph of the big cat.
Roger Lord, of Earls Hall Farm, St Osyth, said a picture of the suspected lion was taken by residents in caravans on the farm land and passed to police.
"I am sceptical - I think it might just well be a large domestic cat but they certainly saw something that they were were concerned about and they went down the right route to the police.
"They have taken it very seriously and have put two helicopters up in the air and I don't know how many armed police that we still have on site now. They have taken it very seriously."