September 8, 2012

Before the Essex Lion

“Very few people with an interest in Cryptozoology – the study of unknown animals, but which can also include out of place animals of the exotic kind, too – will have missed the controversy and near-hysteria that accompanied the recent reports of nothing less than a lion on the loose in Essex, England. Of course, the “lion” turned out to be nothing of the sort: almost certainly it was just a large and friendly pet cat of someone living locally. But, this is not the only occasion upon which a lion has reportedly been seen roaming the UK…”

That’s how I begin a new article at Mysterious Universe (for some curious reason, however, the two opening words of “Very few” have vanished), which digs into reports of lions in the UK long before that alleged Essex lion was on the scene…

Nick Redfern About Nick Redfern
Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.

Filed under Alien Big Cats, Animal Escapees, Cryptozoology, Eyewitness Accounts, Folklore, Lair of the Beasts, Mystery Cats, Phantom Panthers