Thursday, 12 November 2015

Ryarsh 'big cat' sighting...

For some unknown reason a rather run-of-the-mill sighting of an alleged black leopard was made to the local press on Wednesday 11th November 2015 and the report has proven popular with sceptics, journalists and believers alike. Either way, what actually happened between 8 - 9am on the 11th was hardly out of the ordinary when one considers the amount of 'big cat' sightings reported each year and evidence found. Sadder still, the websites which run the stories are often littered with people who seem to spend all of their lives waiting - with baited breath -for any story/witness they can ridicule. But anyway, this is the report:

""A delivery driver has described the moment a big black cat, believed to be panther, loomed up in front of him in a quiet village, sparking a police search and urgent warnings to parents.
Yesterday we reported how a school sent text messages to parents warning them there was a panther on the loose. Today we tracked down the man who spotted the cat.

Paul Turk, from Ditton, was so terrified when he saw the large creature in The Street, Ryarsh, on Wednesday morning he had to take a break at his next destination to calm down. Mr Turk, who works for Thomas Ridley Foodservice, said: “I saw the cat standing in the middle of the road. It was big, almost a metre high. It was jet black and had glorious green eyes.

“Initially I thought it was a black Labrador but as I approached in my lorry, I could see it was a panther. It had a long tail about as thick as a broom handle.

“As soon as I could see the cat was not in any hurry, I stopped the lorry about 30 to 40 yards away. I was in shock, panic, and the cat just stood looking at me for what felt like a long time. Then it just walked onto the side of the road.

“When I arrived at the school I was shaking and had to take a seat to calm down. Unfortunately I did not take a photo as I was too shocked.”

The incident happened at 8.15am - during the school run - and Mr Turk was so astonished he stopped a woman in a Volkswagen Polo, who had pulled over to let him turn on the brow of a hill, and warned her about the panther.

He then carried on to his next stop, a primary school.
A Kent County Council spokesman confirmed the shaken driver arrived at Offham County Primary School on Wednesday morning and raised the alarm.
Staff made him a cup of tea and leant him their phone to call police before alerting nearby Ryarsh Primary School, in Birling Road, and Trottiscliffe Primary School, in Church Lane, which both sent text messages to parents.

The message sent to Ryarsh parents said: “There has been a sighting of a black panther outside Brookline Coaches in Ryarsh. The police have been informed.”
A police spokesman said: “A search of the area took place but no such animals were located.”
Panther is the umbrella term for a number of large cats, including jaguars (pictured), leopards and pumas.
Experts say when big cats are spotted roaming in the UK they are most likely to be pumas, leopards or lynx."

Friday, 16 October 2015

Latest Kent 'big cat' sighting...

I feel the need to tell someone as I saw something tonight (15/10/2015).
I was coming back from collecting something from a farmhouse along bogshole lane between whitstable & blean.
there is a long narrow drive about 1/4 mile long down to the road I was about 100 yards from the end when I saw a large black object jump across the lane. It scared me
Then I could see a set of bright yellow eyes in the headlights as I got closer it moved off again across the lane fast but right in front of me.
about 3 foot tall it's tail is what stuck in my mind it was big.
Now I'm no cat expert but this was a cat & a big cat. so black and fast
I'm still in shock it has made the hairs on my neck stand on end just thinking about it.
so surreal

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A relatively fresh 'big cat' sighting...

"Just thought you’d like to know that around 1.30pm today a large black cat ran across the back of our field.  I’d been reading in the newspaper at the weekend about black foxes, but it was a bit bigger than a fox and the head was round not long.  It had a long tail which it held upright and curled over towards its back. It was quite a sleek lithe animal.
We live in Betsham, a village about 3 miles from Bluewater on the other side of the A2."

A London-related tale...

A London-related tale:

"Very glad to see the Beast of Sydenham is still alive and well. My husband saw it in Dulwich Woods early one Sunday morning whilst walking our two Doberman a couple of years back. The two dogs were very anxious and wouldn't leave his side!

Round about the time the man was attacked nr Wells Park I definitely could smell 'big cat' musk in our garden.. and having been 'sprayed' at a Wildlife Park's a smell you NEVER forget. The policeman who attended the incident swears it was a big cat too!"

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Dover sighting..

Hi, yesterdy morning (17/8/2015) ,at 5 30 am,our cat was running to and fro from window to window growlng.A we have hens in back garden,I thought maybe a fox was visiting.However when I lolooked through pati doors,there was a big black cat.It was approx 3 ft lng and had a long thick tail.It was no way a domestic cat.Something similar to a Labrador size.This happened in Whitfield Dover.Couldn't see any' calling card' , but I know what I saw!!"

Friday, 14 August 2015

Latest big cat sighting...

Latest report: "I was travelling on the a228 between Padock Wood and East Peckham on the 14th August at about 9am, I am an HGV driver I looked to my left and no more than about 40 feet in a field I saw what I thought was a panther, initially I thought DOG but the way it was walking and its stance with its head slung low and looking forward has convinced me that it was a big cat, the sighting only lasted about 2 second due to me driving at about 40mph, unbelievable !!"

Sunday, 2 August 2015

South-East London 'big cat' sighting

"My ex came to visit earlier in the week (end of July 2015), and was woken up around 5am by some pigeons on my balcony. She went to my kitchen which overlooks ****** ***** at Sydenham and was amazed when she saw a very large black animal walking along the road. She is fairly certain that it was a panther. My kitchen window looks north, and straight down Seeley towards Sydenham hill station. The animal was on the left hand pavement looking from my kitchen, ver...y near to the entrance of the old early Victorian Kingswood House. Apparently a car drove past it and the animal froze but made no attempt to hide. If the driver had been looking he would have seen it for sure! It walked off in the direction of the station. To the right, and only a few hundred yards away is the ancient Dulwich Wood."

"I also saw a panther In the early 80's when I was returning to Farnham after a gig in London at around 2am near Wisley on the A3. I had stopped by the lake next to the A3 to have a pee. I got into my car, and pulled back onto the road. As I accelerated, I saw an animal coming towards me also on the road, I passed it on my side of the car and had a very clear view of what I was certain at the time was a large black panther. It completely freaked me out as only moments earlier I had been outside.
I wonder why more people haven't seen them as it seemed quite confident and could easily have darted into the side of the road."

Over the years I've received sporadic reports of a large black cat in and around Sydenham. I received photographs a few years ago of a domestic cat that had been eaten by a large black cat and in the same week a jogger, running with his dog, was chased by a "panther" at Dulwich Wood. Although the story from 2005 of the man who claimed to have been attacked by a black leopard was most certainly a hoax; it is very likely that a melanistic leopard does roam the area. If one looks at Sydenham on a map you'll notice several wooded parks dotted around the area, and it's also worth noting that I often receive reports from Bromley too which is just four miles from Sydenham. If one takes this into consideration then a black leopard around Sydenham could also have a territory that covers parts of Surrey and Kent; taking in West Wickham, Chislehurst etc.
Although I'm often dubious of reports of 'big cats' being seen more central to London it is worth taking into consideration that Brixton is only four or so miles from Sydenham!