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Beast of Trowbridge spotted in Winsley

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#1    Ohelemapit

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:15 PM

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Herbert and Doreen Smith were walking in Murhill Woods, at around 10.30am, when they spotted the big black cat.

Down the years, the creature, which has been described as being a puma or a panther, has been spotted in Trowbridge, Staverton and Westbury Leigh amongst others places.

Mr Smith, 71, who lives in Winsley, said: “Our first impression was sheer astonishment, we really could not believe our eyes at what we were seeing. The animal was eating what we believe it had just caught.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:21 PM

One of best photos of a black panther I've seen! Great shot.

The object, known by the locals as "Bicho Voador" (Flying Animal), or "Bicho Sugador" (Sucking Animal), has the shape of a rounded ship and attacks people in isolation.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:22 PM

Too me it looks like a black German Shepard


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:38 PM

I agree with Richard. Them pointy ears look like they belong on a German Shepard.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:39 PM

Couldn't the news reporter have placed a housecat or even a dog in the same place for size comparison?
Sorry. Nevermind. We wouldn't want to dispel any beastly notions.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 04:24 PM

And once again we're presented with a questionable (at best) photograph.  They only took one photo?  They said it raised its head - where's the photo of that?  They claim they were only 20 feet away and it clearly wasn't in any hurry to leave.  If I see something interesting when I'm hiking or fishing, I'll routinely take twenty or more pictures of it and even a video if I can.

And then there's the matter of scale.  Sure, it could be a big cat.  It could also just as easily be a house cat.  And as was mentioned above, it could also be a dog.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 05:16 PM

looks like a dog to me folks.would have been more impressed to see footprints of whatever it was.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 05:17 PM

Yeah, that's a dog. Most likely a German Shepard.

I think the one that gave me the biggest laugh was when someone posted a picture of a house cat and claimed it was a dark cougar or something like it in England.


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 05:59 PM

LoL. Mr Smith said the animal looked up at him and he stared at his face. If it was a german shepherd that was eating something in the grass, then he would have spotted the difference. Big Cat.

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“There was a lot of rabbits about so I expect it was having breakfast. I was about 20ft away from it whilst it was eating, it looked up at me for a couple of seconds then resumed eating.


The object, known by the locals as "Bicho Voador" (Flying Animal), or "Bicho Sugador" (Sucking Animal), has the shape of a rounded ship and attacks people in isolation.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:15 PM

 NatureBoff, on 14 August 2013 - 05:59 PM, said:

LoL. Mr Smith said the animal looked up at him and he stared at his face. If it was a german shepherd that was eating something in the grass, then he would have spotted the difference. Big Cat.

And as we know, Mr. Smith has never lied.

Then there's the other possibility, Mr. Smith has no experience with big cats and can't tell the difference between a Black Panther and Mr. McTabby Cuddlebiscuits.  You know, like those folks down in Louisiana a few weeks back who swore on a stack of bibles that what they saw was a black panther in their backyard - until LA Fish & Game showed up and compared the photo with a life-sized panther silhouette.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:36 PM

It could be a German Shepherd but I'd need to hear it talking first.


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:43 PM

It certainly strikes me as being a German Shepard, quite possibly doing his business with that arched back (every dog I've owned kepts their back straight while eating.

If it was a large cat I highly doubt it would be that cooperative being watched while eating, and this story would more likely end up in the True Crime section.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:50 PM

The ears are to pointed to be a cat


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 02:58 AM

its not a dog its a huge animal..... and probably one not normally seen in the light.

we have to agree un seen things exist. This , by the photo , is clearly something really big.. **** it its a dog ? no.... its bigger than that i have 8 big dogs here with me and neither of them are that big....and my dogs are really f. big.....that animal is 3 x the size of a dog....wether its a puma or a beast...doesnt matter at this point cuz the owner of the pics did not make an effort in showing more of it...so f. it..... but its not a normal dog...


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:11 AM

 TheRedMan, on 15 August 2013 - 02:58 AM, said:

its not a dog its a huge animal..... and probably one not normally seen in the light.
Nope, doesn't make sense. Nocturnal animals do not come out and feed in the middle of the day unless they're in a lot of trouble - and that one looked like a well fed beastie to me, so it has no need (if it's nocturnal) to come out in the middle of the day. ESPECIALLY if it's a herbivore. Herbivorous nocturnal animals (like possums) sleep during the day, if they move it's to find somewhere safer to sleep not to eat.

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