A patrol has been set up in south-western Benin to track down a mystery animal that has been panicking residents for the last three weeks.

The patrol is made up of foresters, police and hunters.

Little is known about the animal. Witnesses, including a young girl and a midwife, have reported seeing the big cat.

It is also not clear where the animal came from.

One suggestion, put forward by Col Leopold Kanhonou, is that it comes from an area of Benin, called Zou, where people have been known to tame big cats.

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