For more than a week, people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have been fretting about a possible lion on the loose after a number of people reported seeing a large, cat-like creature prowling through the city.
After the animal was filmed walking through a residential backyard last week, there have been dozens more sightings.
Armed police have been deployed in the search for the creature, which has been front page news.
On Monday, police said they had received 14 calls over the weekend from people who said they spotted the creature. While responding to a sighting, one sergeant even spotted the animal, but wasn't able to catch it before it disappeared.
While some people think it might be a cougar/mountain lion, others suspect it could be an African lion.
The local zoo had to announce last week all its lions were accounted for.
Amid the panic, someone event shot a pit bull in the leg, mistaking it for the lion.
To cope with all the fear of having a possible LION IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, people have been dressing their pets up.
A parody Twitter account has even sprung up.
Despite human instinct telling us to avoid Milwaukee until there is no longer a LION ON THE LOOSE, city officials have been trying to use the saga to their advantage.
It's a cougar.Come on, that's clearly a mountain lion (which, it turns out, is also the same thing as a cougar).IT'S A FULL ON AFRICAN LION.It's just a big kitty kat.Oh pul-lease. It's all one big hoax.
vote votesIt's a cougar.
vote votesCome on, that's clearly a mountain lion (which, it turns out, is also the same thing as a cougar).
vote votesIT'S A FULL ON AFRICAN LION.
vote votesIt's just a big kitty kat.
vote votesOh pul-lease. It's all one big hoax.
Cougars and mountain lions are actually the same thing. An earlier version of this post, which was written by an unassuming Australian, did not know that there are actually a ton of different names for mountain lions.
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