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'Beast of Bolton' spotted near UK reservoir

By T.K. Randall
November 14, 2015 · Comment icon 29 comments



What was the black creature spotted in Bolton ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Airwolfhound
A large black creature with yellow eyes was encountered by a woman who was out driving on Tuesday night.
Natalie Kay had been returning from a shopping trip along Doe Hey Road in Farnworth at around 9:30pm when a large animal jumped in front of her vehicle, forcing her to slam on the brakes.

"It just stopped dead right in the middle of the road and was staring at me," she said.

"I knew it wasn’t a dog. It looked like a cat but it wasn’t. It was much bigger and had a long tail, pointed ears and these greedy yellow eyes. It was about the same size as the bonnet of my car."

The unidentified animal remained motionless on the road for several seconds before dashing away at considerable speed down a nearby dirt track towards a local reservoir.
"It was really scary. I haven’t seen anything like that before," said Kay.

It has been suggested that the creature she encountered was the infamous 'Beast of Bolton', a mysterious denizen that was last reported in the area more than five years ago.

The most likely explanation however is that the animal was a large cat, possibly a panther, that might have been living and even breeding in the wild after being released by an exotic pet owner.

"You hear of these animals in jungles, but you wouldn’t think anything like that could live in Bolton," said Kay. "There are playing fields near where I saw it."

"It's scary when you think that children play around there."

Source: This is Lancashire | Comments (29)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by Gingitsune 7 years ago
Isn't this one a lynx? The tail do look like one. Lynx are indigenous to British Islands, but went extinct there about 750 years ago. So no question if the animal could survive in the wild in UK. I see talk about reintroducing the species in Britain, but nothing seems to have been done up to October 2015. So the question would be, is it a feral illegal lynx released (willingly or not) by a careless owner? Or is there an old population of lynx still living in UK (which is probably what the fringe theory hint to).
Comment icon #21 Posted by Horta 7 years ago
Hi Black Monk. Is there a link or more info about this one? Such as where, when how etc. did anyone check how wide the road is or try to get a scale, were there pug marks in the area, how big etc?
Comment icon #22 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 7 years ago
Most animal's eyes will shine in the dark!
Comment icon #23 Posted by AustinHinton 7 years ago
Hi Black Monk. Is there a link or more info about this one? Such as where, when how etc. did anyone check how wide the road is or try to get a scale, were there pug marks in the area, how big etc? It does look rather small, but it's proportioned like a pantherine. But it does seem too "clean"-the outline is very sharp, and taken with its neutral pose, I'd almost say it's a cut-out. A hoax.
Comment icon #24 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Looking at Bolton and Doe Hay Road on Google Maps, it appears that the location is what is commonly called here in the US, smack dab in the middle of a major Suburb. Looks like a suburb of Manchester (5 miles away). Though the area does sport some green areas, like the stream, and some farms and some golf courses nearby, I suspect there wouldn't be enough game for a big cat, such as a leopard, or cougar, to live off of. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Doe+Hey+Rd,+Bolton+BL3+2LW,+UK/@53.5548324,-2.4127484,3847m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x487ba639a38b54e1:0x4fb7b1afde5bca22
Comment icon #25 Posted by Horta 7 years ago
It does look rather small, but it's proportioned like a pantherine. But it does seem too "clean"-the outline is very sharp, and taken with its neutral pose, I'd almost say it's a cut-out. A hoax. Difficult to say regarding size. Usually for these type of "panther" claims the subject is too blurry/partially obscured/ambiguous, but this one does at least seem to have an obvious "panthera" look to it. Without knowing anything about it, could also be taken in another part of the world where panthers do exist.
Comment icon #26 Posted by AustinHinton 7 years ago
Difficult to say regarding size. Usually for these type of "panther" claims the subject is too blurry/partially obscured/ambiguous, but this one does at least seem to have an obvious "panthera" look to it. Without knowing anything about it, could also be taken in another part of the world where panthers do exist. Ya that also must be taken into account, good point.
Comment icon #27 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
The good people of Bolton need to set up thousands of meter sticks along the roads and paths, and sprinkled around the surrounding fields, so we'll have some kind of scale to gauge any pictures by.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Horta 7 years ago
The good people of Bolton need to set up thousands of meter sticks along the roads and paths, and sprinkled around the surrounding fields, so we'll have some kind of scale to gauge any pictures by. Could do that. Another possibility would be for people to provide something by way of explanation to accompany otherwise random "big cat" pics as in this thread. They aren't really worth a thousand words in this instance. Not as feasible as yard sticks littering the countryside, sure, but still...
Comment icon #29 Posted by Hellhoundly 7 years ago
"The infamous beast of Bolton." Ugh, why didn't anyone tell me that Peter Kay was back? Live in Bolton, partner has lived here all their life, so has their mum, grandpa.. never heard of this infamous black cat beast. There are a few thickly forested areas, but nothing like miles upon miles of dense uninterrupted forest that you get in america. Seem to have stray dog problems sometimes, though. Unless you think there's a big cat wandering the local golf courses, then its most likely some sort of stray animal. There aren't any zoos or exotic collections around here, either.


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