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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS FROM THE UK: Scotland, Carlisle and a bloke dressed up as a tiger

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 by us in some way, 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

I have been very remiss in recent weeks, because Weird Weekending has taken over most of my life. However, things are almost back to normal now, and so I herewith present an enormous round up of the last few weeks' sightings.

Big cats reported on Ashdown Forest
This Is Sussex
The Midhurst cat pauses and looks at people, but the Ashdown Forest cat never does that. "People say it's panther-like, but we just don't know what animal it could be. It's a mystery." The two sightings describe the cat running across the forest ...
  1. IS IT OUT THERE?  Reporter Sam Satchell on the hunt for a big cat in Ashdown Forest
Sadly, no pictures except for this one of the journalist. Our next stop is Scotland where there has been a spate of sightings...

Mystery cat sighting
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Samantha isn't the only person to have spotted big cats in the region. In January, Aaron Halliday and Nathan Crosbie spotted a big cat similar to a panther in a field near Dalbeattie. And last year, three mysterious cat sightings were reported in the ...

'It unnerved me a bit' — Cupar woman reports big cat sighting at Castlehill ...
Scotland Courier
It comes weeks after a 'big cat' was also apparently spotted a few miles away over the hill near Ceres and follows years of sightings around the country. Mrs Low told The Courier: ''I was walking my dog near the cemetery and I happened to glance over.

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Big Cat Sighting at Castlehill Primary School, UK -- Society's Child ...
Cupar woman Susan Low saw what she believes to be a black puma-like animal in North East Fife on Friday night. Mrs Low, of Sandylands Road, was walking ...

This next one is just silly. The idea that a police alert comes about after some drunk in a tiger costume is seen wandering around the West Midlands makes you question the values of our current society.

Kingswinford cops cat-ch feline felon after a walk on the wild side
Stourbridge News
KINGSWINFORD cops were hoping for a big cat-ch in a case which took a walk on the wild side. Officers were this morning (Thursday August 9) thinking they were coming to the end of a quiet shift when a call came in reporting a 'tiger' on the loose.

Now to the far north of England...

Sighting of 'beautiful black cat' near Carlisle
News & Star
He added: “The same week I was in the same area with another guy, and we saw a red deer at the fence, desperately trying to get through; it was panicked and I thought maybe it had smelled a big cat.” The incident happened about five or six years ago but ...

Skeptic News: Big Cat sighted in Carlisle - The 21st Floor
By Skeptic News
Skeptic News: Big Cat sighted in Carlisle. 9 August 2012 No Comment. On Saturday, Raymond Sant and his wife Vera were driving from their home in Thursby towards Asda, Carlisle when they spotted what they believe was a panther. As they ...

And now. Are these the footprints of the fen tiger?

Alleged footprints of the Fen Tiger

'Fen Tiger' on prowl beside country road
Cambridge News
He said it walked beside a fence “without a care in the world” and the company director was “convinced” it was a big cat. The sighting occurred at about 7.30pm on Friday, August 3 on Cambridge Road off the A10. Mr Bates, 65, said: “I was the passenger ...

And back to Scotland for a story which happened 25 years ago...

Fire breaks out in workshop
Forres Gazette
Mystery big cat back on prowl – The Moray “big cat” made a midsummer appearance in the heart of Forres last week. The animal was spotted on overgrown waste ground between the Royal Hotel and the main Inverness. Aberdeen railway line and was ...

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