A recent Essex, England, “big cat” sighting–reported as an African lion–had police literally up in arms and engaged in a massive hunt for the beast. But it turned out as most “big cat” reports do–a case of mistaken identity.
A cat owner has said she believes her Maine Coon cat, called Teddy Bear, is the animal at the centre of the lion hunt in Essex.
Ginny Murphy, from St Osyth, said her cat regularly went hunting in the fields around the town.
Police have advised people to get back to normal after the hunt for the lion was called off. Two police helicopters were scrambled over St Osyth over the weekend but no trace of a big cat was found.