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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

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Monday, May 07, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Gloucestershire and Greater Manchester

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

Podsmead 'puma' sparks fresh big cat speculation
This is Gloucestershire

THE latest sighting of a suspected big cat on the loose in Gloucester has triggered fresh speculation wild animals live among city residents. Mum-of-two Julie Marlow was wary of reporting the sighting for fear of ridicule.

We have two sightings to report today. One from Gloucestershire and the other from Greater Manchester. Neither of them are particularly spectacular, but they both provide solid evidence to support the assertion that there are, indeed, big cats loose in the British countryside...

Sighting of mystery animal in Hale
Messenger Newspapers

THERE has been another sighting of a mystery creature in Hale - the second within a month. Mother-of-two Sue Langham was astonished to see the animal sitting on her back door step on Rivington Road at 5am on Monday morning. The animal - about the size ...

1 comment:

Dan said...

I'm still rather disbelieving of the mystery animals in Hale; I suspect that what people are seeing are mangy or moulting foxes rather than anything bigger. Looking at aerial photos of the area will demonstrate why; the entire area of the sightings is a suburban housing estate.

There are NO blocks of undisturbed woodland at all. There isn't anywhere that isn't heavily trodden by humans; the only cover is back gardens. The entire area is high-end suburban semis, with the occasional larger detached property (again high end, as a few outdoor swimming pools testify) but simply nowhere for a big cat to be living wild.

The only other thing the beast might be is a roaming exotic cat hybrid or "designer cat", but this too would be living with someone as a domestic moggy, not living wild anywhere (and Rivington Road is pretty much slap-bang in the middle of this housing estate, too).