The headline shouts:
Here, kitty kitty: Image of 'Essex Lion' that sparked massive police hunt is finally revealed as officers call off the search and admit sightings were probably of a 'large domestic cat'And the article goes on to say:
It also emerged that an image believed to show the lion which was widely viewed online was in fact a fake.
Essex police warned that 'several doctored photographs are in circulation through social networking sites and other media forums'.
And officers said one night-time picture in circulation showing the silhouette of what looked like a lion, was 'never one that police were examining'.
The image - which was widely distributed on Twitter - was thought to show the beast behind a car in a residential area in Basildon, Essex.And it reprints the phony picture - note the credit to @Twitter.
But where did all those people on Twitter get this photo from? My guess is that for many of them the answer is the Daily Mail earlier today.