Another reported sighting of a big cat in the U.K. Still, it’s inconclusive.
AN “unfamiliar” creature, suspected to be a black panther, was spotted on the prowl in a field in Great Hallingbury on Monday (March 10).
The animal was on land overlooked by the home of Lynn and Michael Lacey [published as 'Lacy' in other sources], who live in a converted barn in Howe Green, at around 3.30pm.
Lynn Lacy described it as having a “long tail swishing from side to side” being “jet black” with “head down and prowling”. She is used to seeing various animals through here but reports, “It was unfamiliar and walked in an unfamiliar way.”
There have been many reported sightings of a large cat in this area. Also, there have been reports of attacks on livestock. Many have turned out to be false alarms, regular animals, not exotic ones.
Since this story broke there seems to have been no further corroboration or refutation of the sighting. Here is the picture.
It certainly looks cat-like but the size is not distinguishable.
I inquired with a few people and will update if I hear anything more on this story.
In August 2012, officials in St. Osyth were called out for a report of a lion that turned out to be a very fluffy house cat in a field. And people like to pull pranks regarding the sighting of a big cat in these forests.
UPDATE: David James (@StortSkeptic) corresponded with the witness via twitter. She admits that it might be a dog. However, she notes that the reporter got the story wrong when she said that she had seen any dog/cat in the field before.
UPDATE (13-March-2014) According to James, neighbors are saying this is a photo of a local dog that is often in that field. Perhaps people might do a bit more investigating before running off to the newspaper media and blowing up a non-story.
Tip: David James