'Lion sightings' spark big cat hunt in Belfast
A lion is on the loose in Belfast, Northern Ireland today. Residents reported seeing the animal roaming around, and now authorities are searching for it with a helicopter and ground crews.
Could it be the lion from Belfast Zoo in this video?
A search for a large cat was launched in north Belfast last night after several members of the public reported seeing a lion on the loose.
Police officers and a PSNI helicopter were tasked to search for the animal in the Cavehill Park area of the city last night.
As news of the lion began to circulate, staff from the nearby Belfast Zoo carried out a check of all their big cats, including lions and tigers, and concluded all their animals were “accounted for”.
As light faded and no sightings of the large sandy-coloured animal were reported, the search was called off.