Essex lion really is a pussy . . .

This is the alleged Essex lion.

Look at it, especially at the flat face, typical of the domestic moggie – where’s the leonine muzzle? And what’s with the protruding, pointy, ears?

This is a lion. Note the large muzzle, the ruff of mane, the hidden, but clearly rounded ears, on the male. The female, of course, has no mane, but obviously rounded ears.

Images courtesy of Wikipedia.

They are clearly not even related to the animal in the first pic, other than that both are clearly cats.

A local woman claims her large Maine Coon cat, a much bigger than normal breed, is the culprit.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

This is a Maine Coon.  Compare to the top picture, the pronounced white bib, pointy ears, and typically flat cat face.

Problem solved.

Except for the fact that the people who reported it are still insisting it was a lion. OK, fine, look again at the top pic, and compare the scale of the “lion” to the bushes behind it, the bottoms of which are almost visible, as they would be if this was a cat, not a lion.

So let’s lay this to rest. No evidence of an animal the size of a lion was found; the pic is clearly of an animal much smaller than a lion; the Maine Coon cat’s appearance fits the animal in the picture.

So why is there such an unwillingness to admit being wrong by the people who reported it, who are sticking to their already-spiked guns? And why, seeing a large (but not that large), and unfamiliar animal, would anybody leap to the conclusion that it was a lion? I really couldn’t say. Townie panic, maybe? Not all city dwellers feel at home out in the sticks.

I used to live where there was an enclosed patch of undeveloped land, and foxes had taken it over. The dominant male was, unusually for a fox, large, tawny-blonde, and quite shaggy. That might have possibly come close to the first pic – except for the lack of muzzle which, no matter how you look at it, screams cat.

Just not a lion!

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3 thoughts on “Essex lion really is a pussy . . .

  1. I live in Essex Ron, used to live in Uganda & Kenya and know the difference between a Lion and a Puddytat. It is definitely a………… stray ginger Cat ! 😉

  2. As soon as I saw that picture, I thought “oooh that’s a big fat floofball”. We (BFF and I) had a half-Norgie who, at 9 months, had to duck to fit under an Ikea coffee table. At 18 months, he was nearly 8kg, and could tickle your nose and knees at the same time, if he was in bed with you. It’s a good job he was black and white cos otherwise there would’ve been loads of “Beast of Brizzle” sightings

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