Another 'big cat' sighting

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Another sighting has been made of the 'big black cat' in Aberporth.

Last week, as first reported in the Tivy-Side, dog walker Jane Bowling said she saw a panther-like creature in woodland near the river Gilwen behind Plas Estate.

And now another villager John Watson says he saw a similar creature on the Tresaith Road while he was out walking his dog in the early morning - the day before Mrs Bowling reported her sighting.

It ran off into scrubland near Helyg Fach caravan park.

Mr Watson, who has retired after a career with Unilever, said:

“I saw it from a range of 80-90 feet. It was very big and moved very fast and, to me, looked just like a puma or a panther. It didn't run like a dog – it loped like a cat.”

And he said: "I'm not going to be making stuff like this up. I'm too old for that!"

Mr Watson added that during the winter he had frequently glimpsed a pair of “big yellow eyes” in the light of his torch while walking Rags along the nearby coast path.

“I'd always assumed those eyes belonged to a feral cat or a fox,” he said. “Now I'm not so sure.”

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2:16pm Sun 7 Sep 14

piggystar says...

Regarding the 'panther like' animal at Aberporth, my husband and I have seen it twice, it's certainly NOT a panther, it's a cat. From far away it looks massive with a long tail which some people think only panthers have, well that's another load of rubbish as lots of cats have long tails! We saw the cat walking along at the side of one of the caravans from quite a way off and it did for just a moment fool us both as sometimes it is difficult to judge just what size animals can be, from far off even a gull can look as big as a turkey! It disappeared into the undergrowth but as we walked passed that spot we saw it again and it was most definitely a cat with a long tail and greeny blue eyes.
Regarding the 'panther like' animal at Aberporth, my husband and I have seen it twice, it's certainly NOT a panther, it's a cat. From far away it looks massive with a long tail which some people think only panthers have, well that's another load of rubbish as lots of cats have long tails! We saw the cat walking along at the side of one of the caravans from quite a way off and it did for just a moment fool us both as sometimes it is difficult to judge just what size animals can be, from far off even a gull can look as big as a turkey! It disappeared into the undergrowth but as we walked passed that spot we saw it again and it was most definitely a cat with a long tail and greeny blue eyes. piggystar
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12:28pm Thu 11 Sep 14

paulpaterson says...

But there's the key word – imaginary. Is this big cat real or is it an illusion? The blurred photograph (why so shaky, was it fear or fake fear?) reveals what genre this picture belongs to. It's summer and the monster animal snaps are here. Remarkably, the warm summer has not yet produced any sightings of great white sharks off Cornwall or kraken near Anglesey, but here's an animal mystery to spice up those country walks. Beware the possible puma!

The idea of leopards still living in Europe is very powerful. Every year a new and ferocious creature turns up in England, one that exists only in newspaper columns, vividly imprecise eyewitness reports, blurry photographs of black ***** cats and our eternal appetite for monsters: the Beast of Bodmin, the Surrey Puma, the Fen Tiger." Simon Barnes of the Times. No "big cats" in the wilds and breeding in the UK.

"A spokeswoman said: "None of the sightings of big cats have ever been confirmed and the evidence of all the sightings we have been asked to look at has either been unsubstantiated or has been attributed to other causes."From time to time big cats do escape from zoos or other collections and are usually recaptured very quickly. We are confident that there is no breeding population of big cats in this country." (natural england

I would go a step further if a breeding population of these animals existed hard evidence would be abundant and commonplace Its absence shows that there is no such populationWith the possible exception of the very occasional fugitive, the beasts reported by so many sober upright, reputable people are imaginarySaidGeorge Monibot The Never-Spotted Leopard,May 22, 2013 No "big cats" in the UK and No evidence whatsoever to show or prove it let alone show that they are breeding.
But there's the key word – imaginary. Is this big cat real or is it an illusion? The blurred photograph (why so shaky, was it fear or fake fear?) reveals what genre this picture belongs to. It's summer and the monster animal snaps are here. Remarkably, the warm summer has not yet produced any sightings of great white sharks off Cornwall or kraken near Anglesey, but here's an animal mystery to spice up those country walks. Beware the possible puma! The idea of leopards still living in Europe is very powerful. Every year a new and ferocious creature turns up in England, one that exists only in newspaper columns, vividly imprecise eyewitness reports, blurry photographs of black ***** cats and our eternal appetite for monsters: the Beast of Bodmin, the Surrey Puma, the Fen Tiger." Simon Barnes of the Times. No "big cats" in the wilds and breeding in the UK. "A spokeswoman said: "None of the sightings of big cats have ever been confirmed and the evidence of all the sightings we have been asked to look at has either been unsubstantiated or has been attributed to other causes."From time to time big cats do escape from zoos or other collections and are usually recaptured very quickly. We are confident that there is no breeding population of big cats in this country." (natural england I would go a step further if a breeding population of these animals existed hard evidence would be abundant and commonplace Its absence shows that there is no such populationWith the possible exception of the very occasional fugitive, the beasts reported by so many sober upright, reputable people are imaginarySaidGeorge Monibot The Never-Spotted Leopard,May 22, 2013 No "big cats" in the UK and No evidence whatsoever to show or prove it let alone show that they are breeding. paulpaterson
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