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Essex lion 'is a ginger tomcat'

Essex Police have called off a search for a lion reportedly on the loose and suggested it was more likely to be a large domestic cat or wildcat. The Daily Mirror reports it could be a ginger tomcat called Tom that lives near to the original sighting.

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'Essex Lion' suspects revealed

The Daily Mirror have published pictures of a cat suspected to be behind a huge lion-hunt yesterday. The 12-year-old ginger tomcat, Tom sparked a two-day police operation amounting to £25,000.

The Daily Mail claimed that Teddy Bear, a three-year-old Maine Coon cat was the "Essex Lion". The cat's owner said:

It clicked right away. We thought it had to be Ted as he’s the only big gingery thing around there and he does tend to wander into that field.

From a distance, because he has a light-coloured mane he does look a little lion like. I can see why someone would think that. He’s a Maine Coon, which is the biggest breed of domestic cat.

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