Someone saw an opportunity for a good laugh.
Two City of London forest keepers had quite a fright on Wednesday when they peered through the fog and spotted what appeared to be a black panther in Epping Forest, Essex.
Upon closer inspection, however, the pair realised it was simply a stuffed toy which had been left there from fly-tipping and placed on the branch of a tree.
The article says that illegally dumped trash is not uncommon and they suspect someone took this discarded toy and put in the tree.
These toy panthers are getting around as hoaxes. It could be the same kind of stuffed toy that was responsible for this scare in Peterborough back in January 2013.