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Thursday, August 11, 2011

NEIL ARNOLD: Is this an exotic cat caught on film?

Here's a blog post taken from my website, http://kentbigcats.blogspot.com/2011/06/kent-messenger-article-on-big-cat.html

I have been investigating the sighting of a large black cat in rural Maidstone. The witness captured a large cat on film after setting up a trigger camera in her back garden this year. She went to a few 'researchers' with the photo and her photo was ridiculed. However, the cat in the photo (which the newspaper have used - I have a better quality image of it) is not what it seems! Some believe it is a feral cat, possibly. Some have stated it's a sub-adult black leopard. Others just believe it's a domestic cat but basically, the fence is three feet in height, and although the animal appears to be sitting on its haunches, it isn't, because there is nothing there for it to sit on - no undergrowth, no flower pot etc. I believe the animal is stretching up the fence and has its eye on the pet bird of the witness, which is in a cage on the right (out of picture). The tulip fence suggests that the animal is three feet in length.

I'd be inetrested to see what people think.


Bilbo baggins said...

If that's a leopard I'm a tiger! Idiot

Neil A said...

Well, what a constructive reply from Mr Bilbo baggins! I don't recall anyone saying it was a leopard. How about posting under your real name instead of being a coward ? Judging by your response I doubt you'd even know the difference.