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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Big Cat In Quantocks Photographed?

Dog. If you look the front legs are both together and going back and the rear legs are back. Dog running. A cat strutting would not have its legs like that.

The spots are down to poor quality photo due to zoom so the pixels break up.

Jaguar and leopard are two different looking cats.

I suspect a sell a story for money opportunity!

The Beast of Quantock Hills? Mother and daughter spot a 'big cat like a panther' prowling through picturesque picnic spot

A large, panther-like creature has been spotted by a mother and daughter prowling through the grass at a popular picnic spot. 

A mother and her teenage daughter were enjoying the sunshine at Crowcombe Park Gate, in Somerset's Quantock Hills, when she saw a 'big black' animal.

The 32-year-old, who was with her 14-year-old daughter, said the sun was glinting off its fur as it skulked through the long grass metres in front.

She pointed her camera at the massive feline and zoomed in to get a better view, taking a photo to give herself a closer look.

By the time she looked up from her phone the creature - with a distinctive wide head, long tail and leg muscles - had disappeared from view.

The mother couldn't believe it when she inspected the photos at home and realised she had photographed a panther or puma-like creature on Saturday afternoon.

The mum from Somerset, who wants to be anonymous, said: 'We went for a drive and parked up in a quiet spot for a walk.

'At first I couldn't see a lot.

'I could see something big and shining in the sun.

'It looked like it was hiding.

Another added: 'I'm 99.9% that it's feline. Everything about it is like a melanistic jaguar.'
But another wrote: 'Possibly just two dogs.

'As Arthur Conan Doyle once said 'Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth'.

The Quantock Hills is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has acres of heathland, woodlands, parklands and agricultural land.

Last year Avon and Somerset Police revealed they had been alerted to 13 sightings of big cats in Somerset, including panthers, lions and pumas.

The 'Beast of Wellington' - a black big cat - was last year blamed for a spike in domestic cat deaths in nearby Wellington, Somerset.

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