A ‘big cat’ was captured on camera by a Burnley couple enjoying a day out in the Yorkshire Dales.Yes, it is indeed a large cat, though it’s very very far from being a ‘big cat’:
Mr Eastham, who took a photograph of the creature, said it resembled a young panther or leopard.It’s black and cat shaped. But it doesn’t resemble a panther otherwise…
“It was twice the size of a domestic cat and it was jet black with a long tail,” he said.Sadly, even the self-proclaimed ‘experts’ can’t bring themselves to get excited about this one, but they give it their best try:
“It’s possible it could have been a domestic cat, but I don’t think so from the way it slunk along.
"Its walk reminded me of a young panther or leopard.
“My wife and I both looked at it through the binoculars and we were both convinced it wasn’t a domestic cat.”
Ian Bond, an ecologist and author of a book about big cats in Britain, was sent the photograph to identify the animal.And…?
He said: “This is a very interesting photo. The animal is nothing like panther-size, but I wouldn’t disagree with the estimate of about twice the size of a domestic cat.Phew!
“Even more interesting points are the length of the tail and the shape of the head.
“The animal in this picture is clearly not an adult panther and I suppose the reasonable interpretation is that it is an outsized domestic cat.”
“I think this picture will create a lot of interest among those interested in the big cats in Britain community,” said Mr Bond.Why? Since it isn’t a ‘big cat’, but a big cat?