Posted by: Nick Redfern on August 27th, 2012
Since sightings of big, exotic, and out of place cats have been reported in the UK for decades (maybe even longer), this suggests they are breeding. That is, unless each and every one represents a stand-alone escapee/release from a private zoo, etc., which I don’t believe in the slightest.
So, if they are breeding, why aren’t people reporting lions, specifically, more often? Yes, many people in the UK have reported sightings of larger than normal cats, but very often they are of what sound like cougars, lynx, and, as they have become known, “black panthers.”
That these animals have been seen for decades, is a strong possibility/probability that they are breeding.
But a strictly one-off encounter with a lion – and with no other long-term, extensive sightings of other lions in the UK on file, the very occasional one aside – suggests either an escapee, or that the witnesses saw something legitimate, but perhaps a cougar – which would fit the bill of many of the UK cases.
If this turns out to be a real lion, and 100 percent evidence for its existence surfaces, I’ll eat my MIB Fedora hat!