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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Gloucestershire, Rutland, Scotland

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

Winchcombe 'panther' spotted prowling and snarling
This is Gloucestershire
Mount View Drive residents have been gripped by fear and curiosity since they discovered the "big cat" wandering the fields near their homes. Keith Baker said: "I have seen it at least 10 times. "It is a panther, there are no two ways about it..
There is a picture, but as it is part of a Java slideshow I can't link to it directly without overtly stealing it, so you will have to look for yourself at this link:
http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Winchcombe-panther-spotted-prowling-snarling/story-15761911-detail/story.html

help for big cats in spot of bother
This is Leicestershire
Big cats really do roam the British countryside – at least they do on a secluded animal sanctuary tucked away in rural Rutland. Falconry expert Chris Lawton has made a home for rare leopards at the sanctuary he runs on a 42-acre site in Exton, ...

I thought so. On The Track viewers will remember that we went there in November, and I was certain that I had heard a leopard....

Police on the prowl for big cats across Lothian
Edinburgh Evening News
By ALAN McEWEN Crime Reporter A PANTHER spotted in the Edinburgh area and a large feline with a tail “similar to a lion's” have been among the big cat sightings reported to police in the Lothians. Members of the public have alerted the force to a ...


This picture accompanies the interesting article, but I cannot see any information as to where the picture was taken. Do any bloggo readers have an idea on this one?

1 comment:

Neil A said...

It's an old image of a cat filmed a few years back now and probably available on You Tube etc. It certainly appeared on a few tv docu's