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New ‘Enhanced’ Video Images of Norwalk ‘Lion’ Emerges, Published by HMG-CN


By Brian Hews
Images caught on home security camera of what could be a lion or a very large animal roaming around a neighborhood in Norwalk has prompted massive worldwide media attention, as well as a cult like following from curious outsiders just about everywhere.

The brief video captured during the early morning hours on July 29 shows the animal walking in front of a house in the 11000 block of Tina Street near Orr and Day Road.

On Wednesday, a new high-resolution rendering of the converted video was produced live on-site by Clear View experts and a copy was provided to Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper.

Since the release of the video, law enforcement officials have been patrolling the area in hopes of locating “whatever it is,” said Jeff Hobbs, the Public Information Officer for the City of Norwalk.

The new enhanced video still leaves experts in a quandary.

“It certainly helped, but not quite enough to make a positive ID of the animal,” Hobbs said.

The mysterious creature is also becoming a celebrity not only in Norwalk but as far away as Europe, South America, and Asia.

“This has captured the attention of just about every media outlet around the world, and I am not exaggerating,” Hobbs said.

As of Wednesday, hundreds of media outlets had reported on the “Norwalk Lion/Cat story.” Hobbs said. The city has compiled a list of all of the reports, clips and articles.

Mayor Marcel Rodarte has also been caught into the media frenzy.

Just in the last couple of days, Rodarte has been seen live on NBC News, ABC News, CBS, KCAL, KTLA, the British Broadcast Channel CNN, as well as news channels in the Middle East, Africa and Australia.
On Monday, the wildly popular news magazine show “Inside Edition” featured “the Norwalk lion” along with Rodarte as their top news story. “Is there a lion on the loose in Los Angeles? A surveillance video from a home in Norwalk, a suburb of Los Angeles, had folks spooked! It looked like a lioness on the prowl,” an Inside Edition anchor asked their viewers.

“Rodarte, the town mayor, told INSIDE EDITION, It could be an escaped animal from the circus. It could be someone’s illegal pet. We just don’t know what the origin of the animal is at this point,” Inside Edition gloated.

The Daily Mail in London even reported on the matter.

“They have suggested it is – among other things – a mountain lion, an African lion, and some type of hybrid dog, a leopard or a large domestic cat. Some have even speculated it could be the mythical Chupacabra,” the Daily Mail reported.

In other developments surrounding the matter, an award-winning Mexican filmmaker says the image is a “Chupacabra” and that a motion picture is already in the works. Los Angeles has announced that he will begin forming a production team for a new motion picture based on the recent Norwalk ‘mystery lion’ event.

After viewing the video showing the mystery animal, filmmaker Isaias Casteneda concluded that it clearly resembles the “Chupacabra,” a Mexican folkloric creature that resembles a cross between a dog and tiger.
Several carcasses have been discovered, Casteneda said, and those that were “legitimate, and very much resembled this animal.”

Casteneda said the revised screenplay would reflect some of the events in Norwalk.

Hobbs was getting ready for another interview this time with a news channel from Tokyo via Skype on Wednesday afternoon. “This has put Norwalk on the map, all around the world. We are all overwhelmed by this incredible situation. It has been a great time in many ways,” Hobbs stressed. Hobbs also said that TIME, Washington Post, NY Times, NY Daily News, and Gulf Mag are also reporting about it.
In addition, it did not take long, but a private t-shirt vendor has begun a line of shirts commemorating the mystery in Norwalk.

Regardless of “what” is roaming around Norwalk, if you see the animal, do not approach it, and immediately call 911 to notify law enforcement.


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