Monday, February 20, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Evidence of British big cats discovered


Posted on Monday, 4 November, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments

The Beast of Bodmin was thought to be a big cat. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Rute Martins
Dr Andrew Hemmings has found tantalizing evidence that large cats are roaming wild across the UK.
Sightings of large predatory cats have persisted across the British Isles for years. While it has long been suspected that a population of these animals has been roaming the countryside, conclusive evidence of their existence in the UK has been thin on the ground.

Dr Andrew Hemmings of the Royal Agricultural University has been conducting his own study in to the phenomenon over the last 12 months and hopes to determine once and for all whether there really are large cats on the loose across Britain. To do this, he's been examining the remains of wild animals believed to have been killed by one.

Supplied by volunteers, farmers and landowners, the remains each show signs of an attack by a predatory creature. Smaller predators such as badgers and foxes can be quickly ruled out, however eliminating domestic dogs as the culprit is a bit more difficult. To achieve this, Dr Hemmings analyzed the indentations of the carnassial teeth which are further apart in big cats than in dogs.

"At the moment, there are three I have found which are weighing in favor of the cat, so it is very tentatively pointing that way," he said. "All three are certainly wider than you would expect to find in a dog imprint. But we need to let the sample size build up before we have anything approaching a statistical basis."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (16)

Tags: Alien Big Cats


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Slave2Fate on 5 November, 2013, 0:20
I believe I've seen enough credible photo's over the last few years to have no problem believing in big cats in England. I would presume they're not native however and therefore not true cryptids. True, a displaced animal does not a cryptid make.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew on 5 November, 2013, 1:15
During the time of the Pax Britannia no doubt many exotic plants and animals were brought from all over the world for zoos, circuses, and sideshows and it is not terribly unlikely some escaped or released and possibly formed the nexus of a breeding population. One only has to look at Florida where Macaque monkeys used in the old Tarzan films have not only survived but thrived and are spreading out in places around the state. Lynx, Bobcats, even Leopards might to quite well in Britain.
Comment icon #9 Posted by the doctor 88 on 5 November, 2013, 1:38
They are in the Australian bush too.I didn't believe it till i saw one. And it was not a wild domestic cat as i am a tracker and and seen thousand of wild domestic cats.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Timonthy on 5 November, 2013, 2:44
So the doctor has 3 carcasses with bites which tentatively point to big cats. Not very exciting...
Comment icon #11 Posted by HollyDolly on 5 November, 2013, 16:49
Got to agree with Sundew. Look at that place in ohio where that man let the animals out before killing himself. Around San Antonio we have Primarily Primates and another sanctuary for wild animals. That's like north of me,is Natural Bridge Caverns Wildlife Ranch.They too have various wild animals,no big cats I know of. But whose to say one of the critters might not get out by accident some day. I know the property is quite large and you can drive through it. there aren't alot of homes near it,only other ranches mainly,but still,things do happen. I have seen coyotes,deer and even a dead red fox... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword on 5 November, 2013, 19:18
During the time of the Pax Britannia no doubt many exotic plants and animals were brought from all over the world for zoos, circuses, and sideshows and it is not terribly unlikely some escaped or released and possibly formed the nexus of a breeding population. One only has to look at Florida where Macaque monkeys used in the old Tarzan films have not only survived but thrived and are spreading out in places around the state. Lynx, Bobcats, even Leopards might to quite well in Britain. I would probably guess later than Pax Brittania myself. Someones exotic pet(s) let lose or escaped.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Sundew on 5 November, 2013, 20:05
I would probably guess later than Pax Brittania myself. Someones exotic pet(s) let lose or escaped. Perhaps true, I was just thinking of a time when things were less heavily regulated, back think you could probably keep an elephant on you estate if you had the room, lol!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Oppono Astos on 5 November, 2013, 20:35
Over the years i have heard of various claims about deliberate releases of exotics to the wild after the introduction of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976
Comment icon #15 Posted by Loreoffolk on 12 November, 2013, 19:52
the problem i have with most big cat pictures there is nothing near to refrence the scale of the cat and when it is it isnt big
Comment icon #16 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 19 February, 2014, 13:10
its a experiment gone wrong, in the lab they found a big fat black domesticated cat, since scientist already tested the metabolism rate to be successful on rats, which made them lose tons of weight. for cats its a different story, it made them bigger and bigger and bigger


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
SpaceX Cape Canaveral launch is a success
2-19-2017
The private space firm has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Fed up single woman decides to marry herself
2-19-2017
Singleton Lynne Gollogly made the decision following years of failed attempts to find 'Mr Right'.
Mars may be slowly forming a ring system
2-19-2017
Mars may not be the most obvious place to look for rings, but that could soon be set to change.
Scientists aim to harness power of volcanoes
2-18-2017
Efforts are underway in Iceland to find ways of turning the heat from volcanoes in to usable electricity.
Featured book
 
By Guy Lyon Playfair
A look at the story of Peggy Hodgson and her four children who, between 1977 and 1979, were at the center of one of the most terrifying poltergeist cases ever documented.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Slow motion football explosion
Posted 2-19-2017 | 0 comments
What happens when you over-inflate a football ? The Slo Mo Guys investigate.
 
Long-term space travel and isolation
Posted 2-18-2017 | 1 comment
Not everyone is cut out for the isolation of traveling long distances through space.
 
Humphead parrotfish
Posted 2-17-2017 | 1 comment
These bizarre-looking 1.5-meter-long fish can use their teeth to turn coral in to a fine sand.
 
Catching lightning in a bottle
Posted 2-16-2017 | 0 comments
Is it possible to catch lightning in a bottle ? Adam Savage investigates.
 
Most finger snaps in one minute
Posted 2-15-2017 | 3 comments
Japanese university student Satoyuki Fujimura managed 296 fingers snaps in 60 seconds.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Saved by a stranger
2-7-2017 | Green River Wyoming
 
Spooky sense
2-4-2017 | India
 
Ghost car
2-4-2017 | Chicago, IL, USA
 
Mysterious powder
2-4-2017 | USA, North Carolina
 
Puerto Rico UFO sighting
2-4-2017 | Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
 
Phantom vehicle
1-6-2017 | Ramer, United States
 
True ghost stories
1-6-2017 | Southern California
 
Floating tiles
1-6-2017 | Chewelah, Washington
 
A haunting in Northern California
12-28-2016 | Northern California
 
Strange creature in South Africa
12-28-2016 | South Africa, Hoedspruit.
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ