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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Up the little wooden hills to Dunstable, and a Cornish Cadaver

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column inches than any other cryptozoological subject.
There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.
It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

Is this the beast of Cornwall? Remains of 'big cat' found in pond after ...
Daily Mail
Last year the Environment Agency cleared the pond using electric prods to zap invasive predatory fish like pike in a bid to clear the mystery. Local photographer Paul Williams retrieved the skeleton and brought it to the surface for examination.

Richard Freeman says that these are the remains of a dog, Max (who saw more pictures than Richard) reckons a seal. However, we are waiting for more information and are doing our best to contact the people responsible. The second story of the day, illustrated by the same stock picture of a black panther which is used all the time at the moment, tells the following story:

“I was on my way back from work, and on the Higham Gobion Road, A couple of cars had stopped and I thought that there had been an accident. I got out and saw that everyone was watching this big black animal chasing rabbits around a field, then it crossed the road right in front of us".

Big cat seen near Barton
Luton Today
THE Luton News and its sister paper, The Dunstable Gazette, are being flooded with calls from readers who claim to have seen a big cat on the loose in the Bedfordshire countryside – but we're still waiting for photographic evidence!


Retrieverman said...

I think it's a seal, too.

Neil A said...

Seals were found in the ponds at Hampstead Heath in London and even caught, so it wouldn't be a surprise.