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Monday, February 01, 2010

RUBY LANG: CFZ Australia on the radio

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/01/2806511.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/youtube.htm?v=GmtkBBnWv28

Questions over Otway Ranges big cat video

Posted 5 hours 12 minutes ago
Updated 4 hours 33 minutes ago

Map: Apollo Bay 3233
Related Link: YouTube: watch the 'big cat' vid and decide for yourself
Video footage taken in the Otway Ranges National Park at the weekend is being examined to determine whether or not it is that of a giant cat.

There have been unconfirmed sightings of a panther-like creature in the forest for many years.

Vision captured yesterday by a resident of the Otway Ranges appears to show a black cat-like animal walking through a paddock.

Mike Williams runs a website dedicated to Australian big cats and says the footage is too shaky to draw any conclusions.

"It could be bigger than a domestic cat," he said.

"It's just really hard to tell. If the witness is quite correct with the observation it could be quite interesting and hopefully more video will come out of the same area."

He says 80 per cent of Australia's big cat sightings are generated by central Victoria residents.

Mr Williams says he thinks there is more than one breed roaming the State's forests.

"If I was trying to give you a hypothesis, the most simple one would be one species of cat," he said.

"But the problem is they're showing several different colour variations of coats. So I have been forced to say there is more than one species of cat, which makes it even harder for me to try and prove."

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