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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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Reports: Essex 'lion' is a domestic cat

A £25,000 operation involving more than 30 officers was most likely caused by 12-year-old ginger tomcat, Tom, the Daily Mirror has reported. Police called off a huge lion-hunt yesterday after deciding the alert was sparked by a large domestic cat.

A carer from the local old people's home that the cat is reportedly from said:

He’s always out in the fields hunting for mice, rats and even hares. I was working here on Sunday and he was definitely out then, so it certainly could have been him.

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