Wednesday, 16 November 2016


Apologies for lack of updates; it has been an extremely busy time with sightings; investigations - for further information visit the Facebook page: BIG CATS IN KENT

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Another big cat sighting...

"Yes my husband saw a Puma sized large black cat on 21st July 2016. It was 8pm and a lovely dry day. I was in the green house reaching to water a tomato plant otherwise I would have seen it too. He suddenly screamed '"cat!" very long and loud which I just took as come and look quickly but was unable to move quick enough. I had no idea. What he saw was a very large cat in the corner of our paddock which he must have spooked as it bounded along the fence line right across to the opposite corner and ran up the diagonal wooden brace on the corner post and over it into the wood beyond. On reflection it explains the tone of his shout being more like an urgent warning cry. I was really sorry to have missed it and hope to see it again. We have both owned several cats and a Weimaraner and a Labrador in the past, so we know the difference. Especially how differently they move. We have warned the neighbours but have yet to report it to the Ashdown Rangers."

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Cranbrook big cat sighting

"Yesterday; the 13th July at approximately 7 15am I saw a large black cat. I believe it is what you call a panther.
It was coming from the broad bean field and into a small wooded copse near Rolvenden Layne.
It was about 15 yards from me so I had a good view, although brief. It didn’t appear to be in a hurry and just sloped the short distance into the wood.
I have never seen one before.
I was with my rather slow dog and she had stopped behind me."

Another Thanet big cat sighting....

"I live in Thanet - we have two large fields at the the back of our garden.
Any way I have a very strange sleeping patterns and woke up at 4:50 this morning and went out into the back garden to have a cigarette and couldn't believe my eyes as I saw a large black cat. Initially I thought it was a black Labrador but then noticed its tail was to long and it had a small head, no snout. But only as it disappeared out of my sight I realised that what I was looking at was walking like a cat. Only after it had gone I stupidly realised I should have run indoors and grabbed my camera, but I was so mesmerised watching it."

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


"My wife and I went out for a drive and to get petrol from minster around 12:30 am we were on the A256 towards plucketts gutter turn of to gore street when in the car headlights we saw a black animal shot across the road my brain didn't quite comprehend why it would be black in headlights. It's eyes were yellow pin pricks in the headlight as it turned it's head towards us. It was to big to be a domestic cat or was quite large maybe bigger than a dog but seemed larger My wife described it's tail as long and thin and it was curved then straight sort of bent. It was all over in less than a second and it was around 50 metres in front of us, I went quite and wanted to turn the car round to check what I'd just seen as it seemed a bizarre experience. Think we may have seen a big cat"

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Monday, 21 March 2016


"never thought this would happen to me i was driving back from marden to paddock wood this evening (20th March 2016) and just out side paddock wood on a rd called peasons green rd junction of the turning to old hay scrap yeard i saw in the distance in my head lights what i first thought was the second sighting that night of a fox crossing the rd in front of me but what i saw it was just in range of my head lights a anamal that was bigger then a fox but much taller, higher at the back then the front a long tail, also light in colour but a dark shadow from the tail going along the back, it was a long way off but defo not a deer it was some thing i had never seen before i have lived in the kent country side all my life , am pissed of i was noe a few feet closer with the lights when it crossed the rd"

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."