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Mystery big cat sparks fresh 'Fen Tiger' rumors

By T.K. Randall
April 14, 2020 · Comment icon 16 comments

Could the elusive feline be an escaped puma ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Art G.
A Cambridge University worker has photographed a large wildcat with 'big claws' in his garden.
The creature, which was spotted on Saturday, April 11th, appeared light brown in color and was "about the size of a fully grown Labrador" - far too large to be a native species of wildcat.

Photographs of the feline, which have since gone viral on social media, can be viewed below.

"It was around 8 or 8.30am this morning when I saw the animal from my kitchen window," the man who captured the images told local news site Cambridgeshire Live.

"I think it somehow keeps coming to this place to hunt rabbits or other small animals."

"Initially, I thought it was a wildcat like a Felis Silvestris, but then I went to my colleagues at the university, and they said it can't have been as this animal was way bigger."
The sighting has resurfaced rumors about the so-called Fen Tiger - a legendary big cat that has been seen numerous times in the countryside around Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, England.

Over the last 30 years it has gained something of a reputation for its mysterious and elusive nature.

Many researchers believe that the presence of large cats in Britain can be primarily attributed to exotic pet owners deliberately releasing them into the wild, something that became a lot more common following the introduction of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act in 1976.

There is also the possibility that the creature managed to escape from a zoo or wildlife park.

Source: Lincolnshire Live | Comments (16)

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Just listen to tiger king and see why we see big cats loose... some of them escape and die of hunger after a while most of the time. They don't need to reproduce, a lot of stupid people have big cats, found them to big and they let them wander in the wild.
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
The size of the bricks is a give away it is a small cat, but the real give away is the owner of the cat coming forward  Pet cat. Solved, by the owner. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dejarma 4 years ago
in this day & age i'm wondering why no one filmed it!
Comment icon #10 Posted by I'mConvinced 4 years ago
True but much less so in the UK. Its not so easy to import exotic cats here these days and yet the sightings, and attacks, continue.  Perhaps some interbreeding has occurred over the years or maybe someone deliberately released a few breeding pairs? One strange element to the stories is that of big cats slaughtering numerous animals in one night. This is the kind of behaviour foxes show in a chicken coop but not the behaviour of any big cat species I know. I could be wrong on that however. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
The slaughtering of the animals is being done by humans. A wild cat kills to eat. Only humans kill because they are sick in the head.   There have been a vast increase in thefts  of sheep   
Comment icon #12 Posted by Chaldon 4 years ago
Oops. You're probably right. Now I see that the blue thing in the wall is actually a garage door. Then yeah, that cat is really huge. P.S.: So cool you have those bricks in different colors! Here in Siberia we have a lot of factories producing similar blocks (sand/concrete mixture and foamed concrete) but they all are just concrete-grey.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Some people are insane....
Comment icon #14 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
It js not a garage door, it is a shed. The cat is not huge, it is a pet cat Notice the size of the cat to the panels along shed and the leaves infront of it.   . The owner of the pet cat has already come forward.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Chaldon 4 years ago
Thanks! That's right. I didn't see the full pic before, only the portion in the article. The football gate to the left also says it all.  The sheds can be of different size though, I'm not familiar with size of a typical shed in the UK, I've never been outside Russia in my life actually.
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
A typical shed is small, then we have smallish, we do not do medium or large, it jumps straight to = barn. 

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