For years, mysterious big cats have been spotted throughout the developed world in areas where they’re not native.
In South Australia, there has been a legend of a black panther prowling through the state’s south-east for decades.
But it has never been captured.
So it was little wonder when police officers in Britain received a call about a “large apex predator” at a local park, they took it seriously.
The Horsham Police officers were summoned to a park in the Steyning area of West Sussex to respond to a report of a cat on the loose.
And they found one.
But it just happened to be of the plush variety.
The local department said: “It may be a stuffed toy, but the attending officers didn’t necessarily know that at first”.