A lion on the prowl in Clacton, Essex send campers packing
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A lion on the prowl in Clacton, Essex send campers packing

Clacton on Sea : United Kingdom | Aug 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM PDT
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Clacton is a popular seaside summer destination and when a lion was seen in a field, it sent people scurrying for cover.

The Colchester Zoo in Clacton has accounted for the three lions in its inventory and, hence, there is a huge mystery on the sudden arrival of the big cat. People living in caravans had, apparently, taken photographs of the lion.

An eyewitness described the beast as being fully grown and having a tan colour with a big mane.

Recently, the Great British Circus had been in the vicinity and it packed up on 8th of August 2012.

The police of Essex in two helicopters and armed police along with authorities of the Colchester zoo are planning to tranquilize the lion once it is found.

This has been reported in nzherald.co.nz of dated 27th of August 2012.

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