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.
A search for a lion in Essex has been called off, with police believing the rogue animal was most likely to be a "large domestic cat".
Police are responding to reports that a lion was seen in a field near the Essex village of St Osyth. Firearms officers have been deployed.