Another black cat sighting reported
THE latest sighting of a big cat prowling around Burscough has been reported to the Advertiser.
Last October, Dave Stanhope sent in the picture above of a “large black cat, up to 3ft long” stalking the railway tracks in the village.
Now another sighting has been reported of the “beast of Burscough” – this time seen in fields by the canal near the crossing by the Slipway pub.
At first he thought it was a dog. But then he says it was more like 4 feet long and jet black. The walk was reminiscent of a large cat, with the characteristic shoulder movement, as it traveled across a field.
There were no pictures taken of this one. Typically they are too far away anyway to make much out. Back in September (not October as noted in the piece) a man sent in this picture of a black cat along the rails. Some suggested the cat was much bigger than a normal cat compared to the tracks but I just don’t see it. The pixelation can make this look larger than it really is.
Some suspected it was just a big “moggy” or domestic cat or a feral cat that had grown a bit large.
As with all things, judging size is not something we humans do all that well, especially from far away.
In my book MYSTERY ANIMALS OF THE BRITISH ISLES: LONDON I prove that large cats were kept as pets in abundance, not too dissimilar to pit bull terriers today as the trendy pet to have. Harrods most certainly sold smaller cats, as well as lions. A lot of people disowned their ‘pets’ after the introduction of the ’76 Dangerous Wild Animals Act – but there would have to be enough leopard, puma, lynx out there as such animals only live for around 13 years in the wild and will not mate with one another.
He also commented:
[…] for every 100 ‘big cat’ sightings there will be unreliable eye witness testimony, vague reports, hoaxes, misidentification, but occasionally, if one looks, there is evidence.
I don’t think this latest one has any associated physical evidence (at least nothing like prints were reported) but it’s worth a look. Also note: New Cross, Kent is not near Burscough (North West England) but “alien big cats” have been spotted all over England and Wales.
Tip: Michael Carrico