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Alleged black panther filmed roaming Welsh countryside

By T.K. Randall
October 20, 2023 · Comment icon 18 comments
A black panther.
Are there panthers roaming the British countryside ? Image Credit: Pixabay / ELG21
A large animal filmed in a field in Colwyn Bay, Wales is being hailed as further evidence of exotic cats roaming the British wilds.
The short clip, which zooms in on what appears to be a large black animal walking across a field, was recorded by an anonymous driver who remains adamant that what he saw was a panther.

"It's such a privilege seeing an animal like that. I'm still over the moon about it," he said.

"It was very exciting watching it. People have been talking about seeing it, then I was just driving my van and I spotted it. I just slammed on the brakes."

"It's jet black and massive, with a huge tail - and it's moving as cats do."
The sighting marks the latest in a long line of similar eyewitness accounts that have endured for years.

While some believe that the phenomenon is the result of big cat owners releasing their animals into the wild after the introduction of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act in 1976, the fact that these reports have continued well into the 21st-Century seems to suggest that it is unlikely that this could explain them all.

"I don't think they're a risk. I hike around here all the time," the witness said.

"They are very solitary animals and wouldn't go near us unless they really had to."

You can check out the footage for yourself below.



Source: Mail Online | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by Abramelin 5 months ago
A black slowly moving blob. Thanks.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Cho Jinn 4 months ago
Surely, then, nobody has these things.  I mean, it's against the law, right?  And if there is a law, the conduct said law prohibits simply cannot physically happen.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 months ago
Perhaps I should remind you that Great Britain is an island... and a densely populated and not particularly large one at that. Given the strictness of the law concerning the keeping of dangerous wild animals, the length of time at has existed and the number of these supposed sightings, that leaves four possibilities: There has been a constant supply of illegally imported big cats (entirely melanistic) which has gone totally undetected by the police, customs, the airport authorities, the harbour authorites, the RSPCA and other animal charities for half a century (These are not like drugs, you c... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by openozy 4 months ago
I don't think it's even a cat, I think it's a dog or even a feral pig.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 months ago
None of the photographs taken are clear enough to provide evidence of big cats in Britain. They are either so poor that, like this one, you can't tell what animal it is, of a cat but at such a distance it is impossible to tell what size it is are, as in one case posted recently, of a big cat but so framed that it is impossible to tell whether it was in the wild, or in deed, in Britain. Maybe I'm just cynical but it seems amazing to me that, given the quality of phone camera's and the fact that a large number of people in Britain own one, no one has managed to take a conclusive picture proving ... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by openozy 4 months ago
I talk to hunters from the UK, their dogs find exotic animals sometimes like racoons and racoon dogs when hunting. None of these guys have seen a genuine big cat over there though and these guys are always outdoors in different areas. I really think the big black cats seen are just that, big feral moggies, the same in Oz.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 months ago
The difference is that in Oz there is plenty of uninhabited space to hide a large animal, Britain, not so much. If they existed the easiest prey for them would be live stock, and if there is one group of people in Britain that are vocal when their livelihood is threatened it's farmers and gamekeepers, yet there is are no complaints from them. There is barely enough habitat left for our native wild cats, they exist only in small numbers in Scotland, and they are only about the size of domestic cats, and yet we are supposed to believe that the is an unseen population of big cats.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Cho Jinn 4 months ago
Problems.  First, these are not mutually exclusive, so there is no "pick one".  Second, and let's safely presume we're talking about a melanistic leopard form, they can cover ranges up to ~50mi or so and live at least ~15 years (with no threats in the UK, necessarily longer), and...they're leopards, intelligent and particularly difficult to track.  Third, who is proposing they have "gone totally undetected for at least half a century"?  People have been reporting these things incessantly for "at least half a century".  That you don't fine one humping your couch when you get back from the ... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Abramelin 4 months ago
  I have suggested several times these 'big' black cats are jaguarundis: Tom O'Shea used to live in Cornwall and having often heard of the legends of big cats roaming the moors, jumped at the chance to record the unusual-looking feline. After consulting a friend he believes it could have been a jaguarundi wild cat - some of which are kept in captivity in Cornwall. https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/big-cat-caught-camera-west-8365412 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguarundi
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 months ago
Looks like a black Border Collie. Moves like a dog.


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