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The giant alleged wild felid, dubbed the “Kaiwaka Lion,” was seen, for example, by Kaiwaka firefighter Allan Swanson’s son Carl, 18, during an urban search and rescue exercise in a quarry at Kaiwaka, 90 minutes north of Auckland, on May 29, 2008.
While it is difficult to tell if the cryptid is even a felid mystery animal vs a canid one, it is good to, at least, have obtained some form of photographic evidence. Or, perhaps, in this case, without scale, from a distance, does this just confuse closeup sightings of larger felines with an image of a small domestic cat?
They turned their car around and said they watched the big cat, about 200m away, from the roadside for about seven minutes.
Mr Limond was unshaken in his belief he had seen a “small lion-like animal”. He based his claims on having been to Africa and seen lions at game parks.
The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a tigress (Panthera tigris), hence has parents with the same genus but of different species. It is distinct from the similar hybrid tigon. It is the largest of all cats and extant felines.