Panther pranksters in Epping Forest

Someone saw an opportunity for a good laugh.

Mystery of Epping Forest ‘big cat’ is solved – Home News – UK – The Independent.

Two City of London forest keepers had quite a fright on Wednesday when they peered through the fog and spotted what appeared to be a black panther in Epping Forest, Essex.

Upon closer inspection, however, the pair realised it was simply a stuffed toy which had been left there from fly-tipping and placed on the branch of a tree.

The article says that illegally dumped trash is not uncommon and they suspect someone took this discarded toy and put in the tree.


These toy panthers are getting around as hoaxes. It could be the same kind of stuffed toy that was responsible for this scare in Peterborough back in January 2013.

A joke? Black panther toy surprises observer | Doubtful News.

  7 comments for “Panther pranksters in Epping Forest

  1. December 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Epping & Essex have a lot of these pranksters, & regularly pop up in national papers, as if real stories before the pranks unveiled. lepoards, pumas, lions, panthers, etc, etc, umpteem times. Lot of poor little rich kids & entrepreneurs around this part of world who love to spoof. Ah the lifestyles of the rich & non famous.usually not worth reporting or repeating except when local constabulary make ejits of themselves with armed response units, instead of simply using a pair of binoculars & a K9 unit. I’m an arthritic aul fart but i’d still go climbing the trees mesel to look for em, without all this palaver. Ok it may need RAF or RN SAR to get me down when the joints sieze up, but less expensive than calling out the Police special weapons units,SAS, & recalling the reserves. Bit of cat kibble, & a nice special edition of Sheba cat food. Presently fighting an outbreak of wild Yorkshire terriers in northern France, that are eating everything in their path.The criptid invasion seems unstoppable. Soz another ott waffle, as stories getting sillier & sillier again & i don’t see any more reality to most of them than the antics of the puppy that’s alternately gnawing my ankles & fingers at the moment.

  2. December 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Anyone know where I can buy a stuffed bigfoot cheap?

    • December 15, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Me kid brother looks similar & is just as hairy, & for a small fee i can have a good taxidermy job done. postage may be a bit expensive though.

    • eddi
      December 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      A cheap gorilla costume stuffed with newspaper. Don’t rent unless they don’t mind getting it back full of bullet holes. Don’t wear it for the same reason.

  3. December 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    The real mystery here is why the City of London needs even one ‘forest keeper’ never mind two (or more?)

  4. December 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    London doesn’t really have forests despite them being named as such, just bits of woodland, dotted around They’re only grassland & scrub parks, & the main wildlife other than a few deer around Richmond & the royal parks are a few foxes, hedgehogs & of course the Wombles of Wimbledom Common.

    • December 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      London is not the same as The City of London — a very specific, very small, very unforested, park-free area. Article specifically says ‘City of London forest keepers.’

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