The drama happened in Kiangua location, Meru County where villagers in the sleepy Mutiribu hamlet that is about two kilometers from Mt Kenya forest thought there was a lion hiding in a hedge.
The hamlet residents reported the matter to the Assistant Chief, who informed the Chief. The administrators in turn called the nearest Kenya Wildlife Service station to come and handle the animal before it could cause harm to humans and livestock. Nobody dared get near it or even take a photo.
The hamlet, in desperation called one of its neighbours who works at KWS headquarters to help them lobby the local station to speed up before the big cat could attack them.
KWS rangers turned up and prepared to capture the lion. They too were convinced it was the big cat, but it turned out the lion was a paper tiger. It was an image on a Carrefour shopping bag.