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Girl chased by black panther through forest

By T.K. Randall
May 22, 2010 · Comment icon 49 comments



Image Credit: Ron Singer
A 15-year-old girl has been left terrifed after being stalked by a panther through the forest of Dean in England.
She'd been walking through the woodland on her birthday with her cousin when they came upon the animal lying under a tree, as they went past it stood up and started following them.
A 15-year-old schoolgirl has told of her terror after being chased by a big cat she claims was a 'black panther' in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Kim Howells was enjoying a walk through the woodland on her 15th birthday with her cousin Sophie Gwynne, eight, when they came across the animal lying beneath a tree.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (49)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #40 Posted by Blackwhite 13 years ago
The number of big cats reported throughout Britain is astounding Between April 2004 and June 2005, there were 104 reported sightings of big cats in Gloucestershire, where the Forest of Dean sighting occurred, 132 sightings in Devon, 127 in Yorkshire, 103 in Sussex and 90-odd in Cornwall, Kent, Somerset and Sussex. There were also 125 sightings in Scotland and 123 in Wales. And there have been sightings going back centuries. In the 1760s, the journalist William Cobbett recalled in his "Rural Rides" how, as a boy, he had seen a cat "as big as a middle-sized Spaniel dog" climb into a hollow elm t... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by TheSearcher 13 years ago
I think a more accurate though would be "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH A LEOPARD" Erm no I think not, I would rather think the sound would be more like "OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP!"
Comment icon #42 Posted by DrunkDwarf 13 years ago
Some Scottish Wild Cats are surprisingly big, a tad smaller than the average Labrador. The colouration of Wildcats is often dark enough that it'll look black in poor light. You can get all-black ones too though, but they're rarer. Wildcats have been spotted in the rest of Britain. But, as far as this account goes, the size of a creature would be easily exaggerated by a young person, relatively small creatures would become terrifying monsters.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Robin_Shadowes 13 years ago
I don't care if i'll get mocked for my personal theory. I think they're shape-shifters. They don't disappear. They just shape back to human form again.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Mattshark 13 years ago
I don't care if i'll get mocked for my personal theory. I think they're shape-shifters. They don't disappear. They just shape back to human form again. Not mocking, but for numerous reasons, that is completely impossible, not least for the basic rule of the conservation of mass. I think you should also look at how much energy would be required to reshape the bones, it is enough energy to immolate all the soft tissue in the body.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Over-Kill 13 years ago
I don't care if i'll get mocked for my personal theory. I think they're shape-shifters. They don't disappear. They just shape back to human form again. Yeah , I know. They work all day in a factory from 9 to 5 and then 'shapeshift' into a cat every night.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Afro ninja 13 years ago
Yeah , I know. They work all day in a factory from 9 to 5 and then 'shapeshift' into a cat every night. lol one minute ur at the till at morrisons with a lovely old lady bar-coding your items then she turns into a panther
Comment icon #47 Posted by Blackwhite 13 years ago
There's a big black cat near where I live in Bolton and it terrorises me at least once a week. Unfortunately, it's just an ordinary house cat that lives with Malcolm and Donna in the flat above mine and, because I live on a ground floor flat, it often tries to climb in through my bedroom window whenever I decide to have it open when I'm in bed at night. But it's strong, so when I dive out of bed to push it back out through the window (which is just above head height) again, I just can't do it, even pushing with all my might. So I have to let it jump onto my bedroom carpet, making sure that it ... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by Openminded.Ulsterman 13 years ago
Yes I agree there certainly isn't a significant population of these animals in the UK, but there certainly is a few about for instance a few years back in Gary's wood co Antrim Northern Ireland a motorist caught the beast on camera, there have been few instances of sighting the animals as was believed there may have been several of the big black cats, This was further backed up by livestock deaths over quite a large area, these black cats would travel great distances by night and stay away from populated areas, there have been no recent sightings of the animals but no remains have been found, ... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by jack regan 13 years ago
there are more than just big cats living as cryptids in uk, there is also bigfoot in northumberland, werewolf like creatures and many more


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