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Monster Spotted In River Lea By London Olympic Park: Fetch The White Elephant

by | 14th, December 2011

THEY say there’s a monster lurking in the water by London’s Olympic Stadium. Mike Wells says he saw a goose being pulled under on the River Lea. The bird “disappeared so fast it didn’t make a sound“.
The fisherman pulls up a lobster pot. He sits. He leans in. He speaks:

“I was sitting on the back deck of my boat with a friend having a cup of coffee.  And suddenly this goose about 30 metres away disappeared – it was extraordinary. We just saw the goose go vertically down – in the space of half a second it had gone. It was pretty surprising the speed with which it disappeared – and it didn’t come back up. There was no sign of the creature that took it.”

A British Waterways spokeswoman reacts:

“We don’t believe there is a crocodile in the river. Things that have been suggested are a big pike or a mink, which can prey on ducks. But geese might be a bit big for them. In some areas you get terrapins which get dumped and have taken to the conditions well – they can get to the size of dinner plates. But geese might be too big for them to take as well. No-one has reported anything to British Waterways, but we would encourage people to get in touch if they have seen anything.”

And so it is that the London Olympic parks gets its first legend. Others will be told. They say there’s a big man, abominable he is, who strides about the town eating owls. Others tell of dragons in South London.

If you tell it, they will come. The London Olympics park will not be a white elephant – well, not unless the paying punters want to see one of those as well…



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