Page last updated at 07:24 GMT, Monday, 1 September 2008 08:24 UK

'Loose lion' turns out to be dog

Callers reported seeing a lion in north Belfast

A police operation launched following reports that a lion was loose in north Belfast has been called off after the animal turned out to be a stray dog.

A police helicopter had been used to search the area on Sunday night after officers received a number of reports.

Witnesses had said they had seen a sandy-coloured lion or large non-domestic animal in the Upper Hightown end of Cavehill Park.

Belfast Zoo had earlier confirmed that all of its animals were accounted for.

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