Mystery big cat spotted in west Cumbria
Last updated at 15:10, Wednesday, 28 July 2010
A mystery big cat has been spotted in west Cumbria.
The cat - described as the size of a Labrador dog - was spotted on Steel Brow, Arlecdon, near Whitehaven, at 7.30am last Monday.
The witness - who has asked that his name is withheld - has an interest in wildlife but said: "It was very unusual. I have not seen anything like it wild in the British Isles."
He said: "I was driving to work from Arlecdon to Whitehaven and got to the bottom of the hill, over the bridge and was about a quarter of the way up. The animal came out of the hedge and onto the road.
"At first I thought it was a small roe deer as I have seen these several times on the same journey.
"I became suspicious as it was too low to the ground to be a deer and had cat-like features."
He said it was light brown in colour, had a long and thick tail and, after making its way across the road, went through an open gate on the right hand side.
Ian Topham, of the Mysterious Britain and Ireland website, said he had received no other reports. The last big cat stories were in January this year when large prints were spotted in the snow at Borough Park, Workington.
Bit cat sightings have been reported all over the UK and there are many photos and film clips. But they remain elusive and unidentified. There are, however, wild cats in Scotland.
Have you seen the big cat? Have you got any photos or footage? Email Ian Brogden
First published at 13:27, Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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I once saw a cat.
I cant belive it! "socks" my big black cat escaped from us when we moved to london! i cant belive he is still roming the hills of steel brow. if any one see's him again shout his name and he will come to you...he's favourt food is squirrel and likes a drink of iron brew. please some body catch him for me he may be big but his not dangerous!
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