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Saturday, May 19, 2007

This is a little strange.......

From the Greenock Telegraph:

THESE are the sensational images of a big cat claimed to be roaming wild on a Gourock hillside. It was captured on a mobile phone at Faulds Park.

Just seconds earlier office girls had entered the Amazon warehouse, unaware of what was behind. And youngsters on a nearby housing estate were setting out for school.

The huge black beast appeared out of bushes and strolled across a car park as workers turned up at 8.30am. One said: “There were people going in and out of the building, but it was not fazed by anyone.”

Now Gourock councillor George White has called for action. He said: “It is a matter of great concern if there is a big cat roaming wild in Gourock.

“I will be asking officials to investigate. It is their responsibility to protect the public.”

Big cat expert Sandy Smith of Kilmacolm said he was delighted the big cat had been captured on film.

He said: “A lot of people think talk about big cats is all a bit of kidology.
“Maybe this picture will make them take notice. “I know what I saw and I am 100 per cent certain they are roaming the area.”

Sandy, who set up Scottish Big Cat Investigations after sighting a big cat near Kilmacolm cemetery three years ago, said he would be looking to authenticate the picture.

The Gourock sighting is one of a number since then. In March two window cleaners were startled when a black beast ran across the road at Auchenbothie Gardens, Kilmacolm. In January a Greenock couple found a big cat prowling around their front garden in Fairrie Street, Greenock. And in February last year a man in Inverkip came across a dead deer he claimed had been ripped apart by a big cat.