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What Not To Do When Face To Face With A Lion!

Updated on May 14, 2014

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Essex Lion Sighting

There have been many sightings over the years of strange feral cats, large leopards and scary looking tigers prowling around the English Countryside. Most of these have turned out to be an over weight domestic cat that eats too many munchies.

Others are just pure imagination after a few drinks down the pub. But it seems that at last we have found a real sighting! How exciting is that? evidently down in sleepy Essex, St. Osyth near Clacton on Sea, a lovely seaside town that I have visited many times, there has been a great big beasty sighted. yes folks, it's a Lion! Now before you all scoff and go back to your cups of coffee, TV sets or computers hear me out. This one had been photographed!

There you go! Proof. Well actually that's not entirely true. Evidently the photographic evidence of the Lion is a bit grainy. Taken from a long way away the photos could actually be showing a cat that just eats too much, or even something completely different.

What? How on earth do I know? Seriously though the couple who claim to have seen the lion seem to be intelligent straight forward citizens, and they are convinced its definitely a lion. As they said, they wouldn't make a fuss out of nothing. Quite rightly so.

So, there's the facts. Now we know there's a lion on the run so to speak, what do we do if we come face to face with it? Well, you see this is where the clever part comes in. I know the answer because, well I am clever. I think.

Please note all of the following should be taken with a very large pinch of salt because I do not want anybody getting eaten by a huge lion. So please have a bit of decorum and realise that this is just tongue in cheek. And not the lions cheek. Um!

Sweet Little Kitty!

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Here Kitty Kitty........!

Do not stand outside yelling at the top of your voice 'Here Kitty Kitty' while waving a packet of cat food in the direction of said Lion. The Lion may well be hungry, but waving the food around in your hand will just result in your hand or body ending up as lunch. Please be aware that not all cats like being called Kitty Kitty, in fact they may take umbrage to it and get extremely peed off. These Lions are king of the jungle you know, Kitty Kitty is such a dumb name. They may just eat you out of sheer disbelief at your insult. So be careful.


Do Not decide that actually he or she looks quite sweet sitting up there in the woods cleaning its great big paws with such a soft tongue. Offering to give it a brush to make the Lions Mane look shiny is not condusive to good relations. The Lion may decide you need to be brushed too, with its teeth. Or even worse, its rather large claws.

Do Not in any way shape or form think to yourself that actually it would make rather a nice pet. The Lion in question may be quite small at the moment, but the idea of him sitting on your lap fully grown can be quite distracting to your health. In other words suffocation comes to mind. Mind you at least you won't have to feed him, the snack is right there, probably eating popcorn and fiddling with the TV Remote control. Yum!

Please Don't try to capture the Lion on your own. If you decide to risk it, remember to take a tranquilser gun with you. No, the cat food, kitty litter, ball of string how sweet, or the small ball kept for your kitten that you roll on the floor while making silly noises will not do. Initially the Lion may be slightly interested in a kingly way, but after five minutes of play time you will be playing a bigger game. Running for your life through the woods. Great fun for the Lion, but not so much for you as the last time you ran a marathon was in 1972! You've put on a bit of weight since then. A lot in fact.

If the Lion decides to choose your house for a bit of R an R, don't panic. He may just want a cuddle before bedtime. Make sure all the doors are locked, the pet cat and dog are indoors, and the neighbour who you hate is safely indoors. Well, perhaps not the neighbour. They can be the hero. Not intentionally you understand, but hey keeps the darn thing off you!

And last but not least. If you do spot the Lion slinking down your road at three in the morning please do not go out and confront it with your hair in curlers, a face pack on and bunny slippers. You may just give the poor Lion a heart attack.

Keep safe and let the experts catch the Lion. Or fox or rabbit maybe? Animals can look completely different from a distance!

So funny! Meant to be dark until the end so don't adjust anything! by Millys Vids

The Truth Is Out! Fat Cats The Culprit!

Um! Excuse me, (cough) erm! Sorry to bother you old chap, but erm there seems to be a mistake! I erm, took myself out for a wander and seem to have caused all manner of trouble. I believe that I was spotted earlier today, or was it yesterday? You see I don't go out very often and erm, um, well what with the weight you know. So, where was I? Oh yes, apologies. Yes, yes I apologise for the confusion, but you see it wasn't a huge Lion. It was well, erm, um, me! I know, I know, I look like a king of the Jungle, so I totally understand why humans decided that I was well, rather larger than life. But sorry folks, it was just little me, big me, erm, well you get the idea. Sorry!

I Was Just Chillin' An' The Fuzz Started Chasin' Me!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! now now alan! no I haven't heard of 'Life With The Lyons' I will have to go take a look, and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi mary, I bet that caused a riot! lol! imagine seeing a lion wandering down the street? glad it turned out okay, and thanks for reading, nell

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      I don't know if you're old enough to remember 'Life With The Lyons' (Ben Lyon, Bebe Daniels etc), maybe you could've added them into this. Just as funny.

      We're on the Essex side of London here, but I don't think one of the wild ones is likely to come marching up the Romford Road - wouldn't look good on Green Street either (should be a tiger down there by rights).

      Any self-respecting big cat would give this area a wide berth, as there are too many fast-food shops here that might convert it into a new form of halal meat.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I don't know how I missed this very funny Hub!! We had a real lion in our town once. He escaped from his owner's private collection of big cats. The police were ready to shoot him when the owner came upon the scene, and begged for mercy. They did't shoot the Lion.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, lol! glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell

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      Huntgoddess 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Nell, this is so adorable!!

      Up, Funny, Interesting!

      Love the video also :-)) Adorable again!

      Thanks so much, Nell.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Phyllis, yes that fat cat! lol! thanks for reading it, it started off on the news with the so called lion escaping! lol! it was a puddy cat!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Cangetthere, lol! yes that would be good wouldn't it? thanks for reading, and have a great day, er night, er, well you know what I mean! lol!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Nell, I absolutely love your sense of humour. It is so delightful. That last photo of the fat cat is so precious -- poor kitty has had too much of good eats, I think. I love the big, wild, cats, but would never, ever get close enough to call them "kitty, kitty" or offer food to them. I love this hub. Thank you. :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Great hub Nell, We could do with a Lion in out street sometimes just to sort out the neighbours. I wish anyone over there luck should they encounter one. It must get hungry sometimes.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Mary, lol! thanks so much, yes we do have some strange sightings over here, mind you most of them are human! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Nell you turn every opportunity into a great hub! As for strange animals, they are all over the place, not just in Essex ;)

      I think you warnings are spot on, after all, you seem to know a lot about handling lions caught in the street :)

      Voted up, funny, and interesting.

      Thank goodness for Pinterest, I found this hub on your board.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi 2pats, lol! yes it would have been great if the lion had shown up at the olympics! under guard of course! hopefully the weather will stay the same for a while, its been lovely for all of the olympics, I took myself of to Southsea for a few days, gorgeous! they have landscaped it really well and it looks nice now, not like in the old days when it was a bit grotty! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      What a great idea for a hub! The Essex Lion was just one of the many extra-special events of a Golden Summer. Here in England we began by thinking this summer might be a washout. It rained for weeks, people said the Olympics would be a disaster, etc etc.

      Then the sun came out. The Olympics were glorious, the Paralympics amazing, the Queen did the most amazing things - and in the middle of it all, Essex had it's very own lion.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi alan, yep another moggy! lol! now that would be a sight to see! lol! thanks again, nell

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      The Beast of Exmoor was another overgrown Moggy, wasn't it? (Trouble was it had a taste for un-cooked lamb). With somebody re-introducing wolves into Scotland, how long before we have sightings of them on the loose?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Larry, lol! now I know what to do when I come face to face with a big cat! thanks for coming back, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi ImKarn, same as me! lol! I love lions! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi LABrashear, lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi D.A.L. nice to see you, yes we are good at sighting strange animals! lol! glad your back, and sorry I keep forgetting to come over to your site, so busy, but its nice to see you again, nell

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      Dave 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Nell,

      these sightings keep on coming, year after year and I am glad they do or we would not have this fantastic hub to enjoy. best wishes Dal

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      I especially love the last picture! Funny bit - voted up!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Lol..not only is this hilarious - it's also excellent lion advice! Problem is - i still want to kiss one like the idiot in the pic...(Lol) now..what does that make me? Loved this..

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell. You wrote:

      "Hi Larry, really? are you pulling my leg? as we say over here!"

      I kid you not. I heard the part about Sumatra from Jennifer Marohasy, who is Australia's leading advocate for evidence-based environmental policy, and who has taken a lot of flack for her political incorrectness. Anyway, Dr Marohasy spent part of her childhood in Indonesia.

      And yes, we have the same expression on this side of The Pond. However people from Finland use the expression "pulling my nose." :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi girishpuri, lol! glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi pras, nice to see you! thanks so much for reading, and have a great weekend, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi beth, lol! the cat must have been scared to death! not by the rifle but by the breath! thanks for the laugh! nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Lord, lol! and ex husbands! it turned out to be a Maine Coon cat! evidently we don't get them much over here because they, well, come from Maine! haha! it was a lovely cat though, even though it was huge! thanks as always, and have a great weekend, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Larry, really? are you pulling my leg? as we say over here! haha! makes sense though, I think! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Oh my!! Nell Rose! This was hilarious! You and TT are going to kill me. Actually I think is just a fat wild cat from Leeds that got lost. I don't think is a Circus pussy cat. They are almost retired... I think! Wonderful tips that could be applied to your boss, ex mothers in law, and drill sargeants. See ya!

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      I have a suggestion for tourists who want to take walks in Essex: Wear a mask, but put it on backwards! That's what people in Tiger country (parts of India and Sumatra) do. Why?

      Big cats are ambush predators. If they see a mask with eyes on the back of your head, they'll think that you can see them. Then they'll move on to softer targets.

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      LOL, Nell!

      Some years ago I had a neighbor who spotted a cougar in the back of our property. Dumb*ss actually came over and did the "Here kitty, kitty" thing..rifle in hand, beer on his breath, no less. We chased him off before worrying about the cat.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I don't know what to do if when face to face with a lion. But definitely I'll follow your tips. I really enjoy reading this hub and the pictures as well....beautiful. Thanks for share with us. VOTED UP :-)

      Prasetio

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Nell thanks for the laugh, you make my day.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi rajan, thanks so much, and nice to see you! nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi alan, haha! yes wouldn't that have been funny? thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Mama, thanks for reading, and I am glad you found it funny! lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi lyric, lol! glad you liked it, and thanks so much, nell

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Nell, interesting article my dear. Have to give a shout out to your sitting cat pic, classic! You are so clever and wise. Needed this laugh very much, so I am grateful:) The video was awesome. Voted up, awesome, and funny.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Too funny! The pictures go perfectly as well^_^ thanks for the laugh, voted up and pinned ^_^

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      They would have come a cropper if it had been Lenny the Lion - the cops would have had a cardiac arrest from laughing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A nice funny read, Nell and great photos.

      Voted up and funny.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, haha! glad you liked it and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi eddy, thanks as always, they caught the cat! lol! it was a poody cat!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, lol! yep don't go and catch a lion by mistake! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi drbj, lol! the real cat turned out to be a Maine Coon cat! evidently they are larger than normal poody cats! haha! thanks, and I am glad you liked it, nell

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      This was clever and funny, Nell. That is really a treat because often those two are mutually exclusive. You made me laugh and the cat on the bench was very appropriate. It looked extremely regal.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHaHaHa, Nell your wit always cracks me up. The video is cute.Hee I will be careful when calling my Kitty!!!

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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      What a great hub Nell I loved it !!!!

      Here's to so many more fior us to share on here.

      Eddy

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Some good advice here but I wouldn't even try some of those things with a cat, let alone a lion. Voting this up and funny.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Mazzy! lol! what is wrong with those peoples eye sight? I thought we had more sense! lol! thanks, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Mazzy! lol! what is wrong with those peoples eye sight? I thought we had more sense! lol! thanks, nell

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      Mazzy Bolero 5 years ago from the U.K.

      Now they have finally printed the grainy photo of the "lion", I had to laugh. It has pointy ears and a flat face. How could the police seriously think that was a lion? People insisted they saw a cat the length of two sheep and with a loud roar! I guess this is proof you really can't trust evidence from eye witnesses :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi avian, lol! it seems that we English have a strange feel for odd stories, we really wanted it to be a lion! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The Fat Cat or the Lion on the Street by Nell Rose. How does another adventure story sound?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Maria, lol! thanks so much, it was a real story, believe it or not! how silly are we? we spot a small tabby cat and think its a lion! they got the police out and everything! lol! thanks!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Nell,

      What a charming smile maker...loved the video (just in time for Halloween!) and the slightly pudgy kitty photo...!

      Voted UP and FAB! Hugs, Maria

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Integrity, glad you liked it, nell

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I definitely voted up.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Imogen, really? haha! I missed that one! the wallaby one I do remember! how funny! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi alan, lol! thats it exactly! it was so funny! it was obvious to me that it was a house cat! Duh! we do stupid things sometimes! haha! thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Pamela, lol! this was a true story! believe it or not! haha! they really did believe there was a lion walking around Essex! the police got involved, the media and all the locals, it turned out to be a pussy cat! thanks so much for reading, and yes I will be very careful! lol!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Nell, This is so funny. At first I thought maybe you stayed a bit too long at the pub, :-) ..... but this hysterical tale kept me laughing all the way through. Beware of walking alone at night in Essex.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, thanks for reading, yes the cat is so cute! lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi effer, lol! yep that s the one! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Lol! Thanks Larry I will have to remember that!

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      This story is starting to remind me of the tiger that was spotted last year in the New Forest - after marksmen and helicopters were sent out to catch it, it turned out to be a large cuddly toy left in a field!

      Thanks for this funny hub, it'll be interesting to see if anything more comes of this story. There are lots of reports of big cat sightings in my area, but not much tangible evidence. However, before we disregard the idea completely, we should remember that a wallaby was actually caught hopping around in Lyme Regis in Dorset last year, after several sightings were laughed off by the sceptics :)

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Got in on the act before the show closed down? This is another Essex Man/Girl joke it's going to take a long time to live down.

      Q How does an Essex Man hunt a lion?

      A: He takes a tin of Kit-e-Kat out of the pantry.

      or -

      Q: How does an Essex Girl know she's been hunted by a lion?

      A: When she finds a dead mouse by the M25.

      Another one for the history books. Maybe Andrew Lloyd-Webber can work the Essex Lion into the 'Cats' musical, or Steven Spielberg will make a film, 'Paws'with Emma Bunting starring as Essex Catwoman.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love this post! I enjoyed reading through it and your method of sharing was to interesting. You sometimes hear of wild animals coming into neighborhoods here in South Florida, such as bears and alligators, but not had a lion yet. Love the cat at the end, how cute! Voted up.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell....Yes, that's the story. Everyone I sent it to cried those buckets!

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      I've been to the Klamath R area in my old college days. We did at least one hike near there. But I've never been to Bluff Creek. And I've never seen Bigfoot. Maybe he's drawn to people who drink more than I do. :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Larry I would love to come over and take a look, I may say that I don't believe in it but there is a part of me that does and really wants to find it! lol! so I try and convince myself that it doesn't exist but really I am thinking, please find it!

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell. You wrote:

      "so, um where do I find one going spare?"

      Here's a partial answer to your question. Arguably the best place in North America to see Bigfoot--if they exist--is Bluff Creek, where Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin got more than half a minute of footage in 1967. This is in the wild and woolly Klamath River region of extreme Nth California.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks effer, I will go and take a look, I think I may have seen it, is it the one where the lion comes shooting down from the rock and launches itself for a cuddle with the man? if it is I cried buckets! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks effer, I will go and take a look, I think I may have seen it, is it the one where the lion comes shooting down from the rock and launches itself for a cuddle with the man? if it is I cried buckets! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi JTomp, yes thats so true. I think if it really is a wild lion then they will have to be careful, but it seems at this time it really did turn out to be a large domestic cat, so thats okay, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Terrye, lol! yes the face pack will do it, poor little thing! he's just a big kitty! just imagine him sitting on the sofa watching American idol! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi richard, lol! yep prince harry could go catch it! makes the mind boggle! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Maralexa, really? haha! tell your cousins to stay indoors a great big fat cat is coming their way! lol! I love clacton, go there a lot, well a few years ago now, but I loved it! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, thats so sad and terrible, what did he do that for? it wouldn't have been the animals that got punished! on a funny note I think they realise that now they feel stooopid! haha! no lion just a big fat cat!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell...as always, you have presented an incredibly entertaining story. I happen to love cats.....especially my own. Lions are absolutely exquisite, aren't they?

      Of course, I'd be shaking in my shoes if I were face to face with one...I don't think telling him I like cats and think they're beautiful would do me much good....do you? Nah, didn't think so!

      I am sure you know the story about Christian the Lion....because the 2 gents in the story are from England.......In case you don't...go to You Tube and just enter" Christian the Lion". You should be able to get the picture and the incredible video!! When I saw that, I bawled my eyes out. It was just too sweet and heart-tugging! I LOVE this hub, Nell......You are a Master at what you do! UP+++

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Larry, I will do that! lol! so, um where do I find one going spare? haha! thanks for reading, nell

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      JThomp42 5 years ago

      They are beautiful and majestic. But, We must not forget they are still wild and have that killer instinct.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      LOL! Ok, what if I put my hair in curlers, put a face pack on, and stalked him high and low through the countryside? Would I be protected from being eaten and since it's daytime, would it save him from being scared to death? :) I just wanna pet him and take his picture. If I took him as a pet, he might take over the sofa and then I'd be forced to sit on the floor. :)

      Great job, Nell, I loved it and giggled all the way through! :)

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      See, Edgar Rice Burroughs would simply call Lord Greystoke to don his loin cloth and save the day if you folks didn't have such a strick dress code! Here would come Tarzan, swinging on an ivy vine, giving Simba orders to lay down and be a good little kitty. Everyone would be safe! But nnooooo! Put some shoes on him...put some clothes on him... so, he slips and falls and is din-din for Leo. No Tarzan, no rescue and just a lion roaming the countryside. Here's a thought, Prince Harry could pull another Vegas and dangle..... no, forget that one. Oh well, let's hope it really is a fat kitty! Great Hub, Nell! If it gets my mind running away, it's truly a great one! Keep 'Em Coming!

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      Marilyn Alexander 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Funny, really funny! Thanks Nell Rose. You have captured the best "side" of this story and written it so well. I have cousins who live in Clacton on Sea. Should I be worried :) ?

      Up and awesome, and funny of course!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Nell, this is hilarious! You are one funny lady. If you are ever in Yellowstone National Park - the big animals are for real - it won't be any little fat cat. LOL We have even had coyote sightings (for real) here in Ohio. And one day, we had to close the schools down in a town near Columbus, OH because some crazy left out the animals in his personal home zoo. Jack Hanna was in tears because the police had to shoot so many lions, tigers and bears dead that day. I think I like the animal sightings in your neck of the woods better! Thanks for an entertaining and amusing article.

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      If you really want to be safe from lions while going on walks in Essex, adopt a Nth American baby Bigfoot. When he gets up to 500 lbs or so, take him with you on your daily constitutional. He'll make mincemeat of any lion that crosses your path!

      Voted up and funny.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Glimmer, lol! my friend got attacked by a dog yesterday! never seen anything so funny! don't worry, it was about 5 inches long! it was a miniature yorkie! it sat on my lap for ages but every time he walked in the room it grabbed his trousers! hysterical! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      This was very funny and awesome. I had a cat like this once. If anyone but me approached or pet her she'd his and take a swipe at them. My husband always called her a lion in waiting thinking she'd pounce on him at any moment! Voted up.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks mary, we usually keep ours in the zoo! lol! I would love to know exactly what it was, we shall see! thanks so much, nell

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      We do have wild life in Florida, but NOT lions! Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi molly, isn't it funny? it must be pure imagination sprinkled with a bit of oh how cool is that? lol! mind you if I spotted a lion or a panther I would want to get up close enough to see if it really was one, probably get mauled but hey! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jools, lol! wouldn't that be funny? phil mitchell chasing a panther! haha! thanks so much, nell

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Nell, for years I heard stories of black panthers in the mountains (Appalachian Mountains). I thought I'd write an article on the subject and *everyone* I interviewed who lived in that area swore up and down to me that they'd seen them.

      So I called a guy at the state department of natural resources. The sad news...there are no black panthers within a thousand miles of here. He said that on closer inspection they were all *fat black cats. *

      Too, too funny, and loved the fat little guy at the end. He can come and haunt my house anytime! Up and funny!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Wow Nell - that last photo! That is one FAT CAT :o) He looks like a sort of feline version of Mr Micawber. I love all of these 'wild animal on the loose' stories - they should feature them on Coronation Street or Eastenders, that would be a laugh.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, I love cats, but don't really want to come face to face with a lion, unless its in a zoo! lol! our cats were called simba and jason, not very original but hey my mum picked it! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Thomas, lol! we don't get a lot of lions in England! haha! but it seems that we did today! I prefer dogs myself, mind you after yesterday, the dog, my friend and a hole in his trousers, long story, I am not so sure now! lol! thanks always nice to see you, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What an adorable cat picture! All my cats were Miss Kitty or Miss Puss, (I have no imagination) until my last one which Mom named. You have beautiful names of places there!

      I did see a cat so huge it scared me too bad to go near it although everyone said it was gentle. Guess we should not base so much on looks eh?

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Nell...

      I DO have problems with the neighbors and I think it would be quite gallant of them to step forward and save the neighborhood! After all...they're the ones who are so concerned with how our lawn looks!

      Awesome cute pictures! I wouldn't care to get any closer though...really more of a dog person myself...

      Thomas