Essex: The Real Reason A Cat Was Mistaken For A Lion (VIDEO)

WATCH: Truth Behind Essex 'Lion' Sighting

Phew! As you're doubtless already aware, the good people of Essex were able to sleep soundly in their beds last night, safe in the knowledge that there almost definitely isn't a lion on the loose in the county.

Police now believe the "lion" to be a large domestic cat.

But how could so many people mistake a common-or-garden ginger tom for a dangerous African mammal in the first place? Well, it's all a matter of perspective.

And we think comedy legend Father Ted explains it best in this clip from 1995...

Got that? So just to clarify: a close-up cat may, on occasion, resemble a faraway lion. And... relax!

What's that? Still can't get enough of that damn lion? Check out our slideshow of the best Twitter #lionsongs...


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