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Update: Belfast Lion

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 1st, 2008

Charles Fort called it “The Wipe.” It is that hastily written story after some type of phenomenon is reported to quickly move affairs back into equilibration, so the status quo will be maintained.

With reference to the multiple sightings of a “large cat” on Belfast soil, after the search for the large felid failed, the official “Wipe” has now been put into place.

The Irish Times and other media sources for September 1, 2008, are reporting that the “Belfast ‘escaped lion’ was [a] large stray dog.”

“Police in Belfast have called off their search for an escaped ‘lion’ after it turned out to be a large stray dog,” stated The Irish Times.

“A police spokeswoman said officers now believed the animal in the park was in fact a large stray dog. ‘Police can confirm that there’s no stray lion wandering about in north Belfast,’ she said.”

“Belief” is an article of faith, and I see these statements about this being a dog no more trustworthy than the early reports that what was seen was a “lion.”

No “large dog” was produced. No owner was noted. The “large dog” appears to be as elusive as the “large lion.”

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


4 Responses to “Update: Belfast Lion”

  1. JohnH13 responds:

    Hey Loren,

    As a Dublin resident this really doesn’t surprise me at all. Over the years there’s been plenty of ABC’s sighted and reported here and up North. There’s been a few reasons for this over the years. It was often reported that criminal gang leaders would keep large cats like Pumas and Cougars as status symbols. I know of at least one case in recent memory where an average joe down here in Dublin was discovered to be in possession of a Cougar. He apparently used to walk it at night and feed it pig heads from the local butchers. But throughout the years there’s been reports of all sorts from Lions to Panthers and more. one friend of mine is convinced that he saw an overly large black feline out in the woods in Blessington County Wicklow about 3 years ago. I myself am certain I saw some type of large feline like a Manx or something similar in the car park of Loughlinstown Hospital here in Dublin going through the bins late one night.

    So I don’t really find this to be too far fetched.

  2. Point Radix responds:

    So, the “Belfast Large Stray Dog” turns out to be as much of a cryptid as the “Belfast Lion”…

  3. Rogutaan responds:

    Could it be a Black Dog (or more accurately a tan dog)?

    I know they’re more known for England than the other British Isles, but its possible.

  4. archer1945 responds:

    Obviously it was nothing more than an loose Irish Wolfhound. It’s just too bad so many people can’t tell the difference between an Irish Wolfhound and a lion. :-)



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