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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: The Beast of Stroud

Many thanks to Penny of Big Cats at Large for drawing our attention to this interesting piece of video which appeared yesterday on The Sun's website.

They write:

"A LEOPARD-like creature 6ft from nose to tail is caught on video bounding across a field at dusk — which an expert believes is final proof Britain's Big Cats really do exist".

That is - I am afraid - hyperbole; it is an interesting video, but it is a long way from being conclusive proof. However The Sun have got their best headline for many years:



For those of you too young to get this uncharacterfully self-referential joke, check out this front page from the same newspaper during the latter half of the 1982 Falklands War:



Now check out the video:


2 comments:

Neil A said...

There's been a lot of 'big cat' activity in Gloucester recently - including the 'kill' that wasn't, although this sort of thing has been going on years. Sadly, like so many other reputed 'big cat' video's this is blurry, and from a distance and far from conclusive. The tail of the animal appears long, but if it's in the Sun it must be true.

Syd said...

If the Sun newspaper (sorry, meant to say comic) was to carry a report that the sea was wet, I would have difficulty believing them.