By Mike Jones and Aliki Kraterou
A woman has been left terrified after checking her CCTV cameras – and spotting what she believed to be a LION roaming around her bins.
Dawn Paige, 53, checked her security cameras after noticing that rubbish bins at her home in Oldbury, West Mids, had been moved.
But she was left horrified when she saw what she believes to be a female LION prowling among the wheelie bins.
The CCTV footage shows the beast – which appears to be around a metre tall – slinking around the bins in the middle of the night.
Dawn, a teaching assistant who lives just four miles from Dudley zoo, said: “I saw my bins had been moved and I thought it was kids messing around.
“I had the shock of my life when I saw that thing come into view. I was physically shaking.
“At first, I thought it must be a big dog, but it moves just like a cat.
“I took the footage into work and asked some of the teachers what they thought, and they agree with me it looks like a leopard, or a she-lion.
“I’ve got a little dog and I’m absolutely terrified for her safety.”
She then called her next door neighbour, Rachel George, 47 who posted the video on Facebook, in order to try to identify the animal or find out if it’s somebody’s pet.
Rachel said: “It just went mad when I posted it on Facebook.
“There were so many people worried about what it might be, and thousands of people commenting saying they thought it was a big cat.
“I just wanted to warn people livbing round here, especially if they have children.
“I am particularly scared because I work night shifts and I’m worried that I might bump into it one night.”
A spokesperson from Dudley Zoo said that it was not missing any animals – but agreed that the animal did look like a big cat.”