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Mystery black creature caught on camera in Wales

By T.K. Randall
October 16, 2021 · Comment icon 29 comments

A woodland trail camera has captured footage of what some believe to be evidence of a panther on the loose.
Is there a population of exotic big cats roaming the wilds of the British Isles ? Some experts think that there is, and this latest piece of footage is being hailed as potential evidence of it.

Filmed in woodland near Ruthin in North Wales, the short black-and-white clip was recorded back in August by a trail camera that had been set up to film deer and badgers.

While the anomalous creature isn't particularly easy to make out, it does make a brief appearance in the top left of the frame at the beginning of the video before walking towards the left and out of sight.

At a glance, it certainly does appear to resemble a large black cat - possibly a panther.
The clip quickly gained attention after it was submitted to Puma Watch North Wales - a group that dedicates its efforts to documenting and investigating sightings of exotic big cats in the area.

"Big cats such as pumas are solitary with a hunting range of dozens of miles," said group founder Tony Jones. "They're mostly spotted in Snowdonia and the Clwydian hills but reports of sightings in urban locations some distance from these areas are becoming more frequent."

There has in fact been an increase in the number of potential sightings of such creatures in recent months, especially in the area of North Wales in which this footage was recorded.

Often referred to as the alien big cat (ABC) phenomenon, the most likely explanation is that the animals have either escaped from zoos or have been illegally released by private owners.

Exactly how many of them are still out there however remains unclear.

Source: North Wales Pioneer | Comments (29)

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Comment icon #20 Posted by tortugabob 3 years ago
The FAKE-O-DELIC meter is strong on this one. The video starts after the "panther" has crossed the trail.  If it was a motion detector camera it would have started before the cat crossed the trail.  Nothing but a house cat. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by DanL 3 years ago
I finally saw SOMETHING that was dark colored that moved back behind the trees on the top left but it could be almost anything.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Brok 3 years ago
A cat-sized guy?
Comment icon #23 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 3 years ago
All I see if a video of the most beautiful country on Earth. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by Resume 3 years ago
Comment icon #25 Posted by TheGoldenBoy 3 years ago
It could be anything. Like for example my uncle, who is very hairy. At the time, being drunk at a party in the forest, he had gone shirtless, and that same evening people spread a rumor that a werewolf was prowling in the forest. He had taken it very badly.
Comment icon #26 Posted by moonman 3 years ago
There is no way to accurately gauge how big it is from this video alone. Could be 100 feet away, could be 150 feet away, not to mention you can't even see the whole thing.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Harry Knackers 3 years ago
Be really careful of the ones carrying knives.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Nobu 3 years ago
I agree.     panthers could very well be in England. But this isn’t it.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Nobu 3 years ago
I’ve never seen a panther on video that didn’t scream panther. We have a ranchero in Mexico south of Monterrey… the local ranchers always told me there were “Pumas” . I doubted them for years and years and years. I put up trail cams ten years ago and trust me …. When one of those predators shows up on camera, it doesn’t matter the distance. You know immediately  

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