Go Away, Kitty Kitty Kitty

05.24.2010 · Posted in Big Cats, Cryptozoology

Cat Last week in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, a 15-year-old schoolgirl and her 8-year-old cousin were walking in the woods near Ruspidge, Gloucestershire when they had an encounter with a big cat. Kim Howells and Sophie Gwynne spotted the creature, which they said was a jet-black feline the size of a Great Dane. Howells identified the cat as a panther when her mother showed her pictures for comparison.

As is usually the case with the big cats of England, the giant kitty made no attempt to harm the girls. Instead, it followed them for a while, then walked away. Regardless, the terrified girls ran home.

Big cats have been sighted in that area before.  In 2007, milkman Robert Brinton saw one in 2007 on Railway Road, firefighter Peter Bishop saw one in nearby Cinderford, and a truck driver saw one on Valley Road.

A black big cat was also seen in Sussex, England on May 9, 2010. A woman walking her dog saw the animal along Sands Lane in Small Dole. The dog was pretty bothered by the cat, but the gigantic feline didn’t seem to be upset at all by the tiny Jack Russell-type pooch.

I suppose if there can be Chupacabra sightings in Russia and Poland, it’s not too odd for there to be panthers or other large actual known types of cats in England.

– Julie

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1279834/Panther-stalked-schoolgirl-Forest-Dean.html
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/827223-panther-stalked-schoolgirl
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7745723/Schoolgirl-stalked-through-forest-by-panther.html
http://sussexbigcats.blogspot.com/2010/05/latest-sighting-in-sussex.html

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