A mysterious predator which devours adult ducks by pulling them beneath the water at a popular beauty spot has been nicknamed the “Lough Ness Monster” by locals.
“The number of ducks at Stonebow Washlands has been going down, and now we know why,” Roy Campsall, chairman of the Charnwood Wildlife Protection Group and a local borough councillor, told the Telegraph. “It’s pretty scary. Whatever it is, it’s got to be a monster to take a fully grown duck.”
Schoolchildren and pet owners have been advised to steer clear of the lake, but local authorities say they have no plans to try to hunt the beast down.
Rachel Lee, 39, of nearby Woodhouse, said: “Whatever is in there must be pretty big if it is having ducks for lunch though – it’s got to be one hell of a beast.”
“Its like something out of Lake Placid, or Jaws or something like that. Its exciting but joking aside, it’s a little bit concerning too. If its big enough to take out ducks, then a child could get hurt too, ” he added.
Mark Graham, wildlife development officer at Charnwood Borough Council, said there were no plans to hunt down the mystery predator. He suggested that someone may recently have dumped a large pike in the lake, which is popular with anglers.
“Pike are a natural part of the ecology of our lakes. a native fish that have lived alongside wildfowl for thousands of years,” Mark Graham said. [via Telegraph (UK)]