Friday, 22 April 2011

Big cat sighting near Huntingdon

A cat similar to this was thought to have
been seen on the prowl in Huntingdonshire.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
3:02 PM

A WOMAN from St Neots has reported seeing a big cat while out walking her dogs.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she and her daughter spotted the creature close to Abbotsley on Friday afternoon (April 15) .

She said: “I was walking my dogs along a public footpath with my daughter when she saw something. At first she assumed it was a muntjac deer but then she said ‘Mum, I don’t think that was a muntjac. It just didn’t look right.’

“We got to the field that it had disappeared into and saw it again – it was definitely a cat. It was brown/tan coloured with a very long tail that reached the ground and curled up at the end. It was swaggering as it walked. This is the second time I have seen it. The first time was six months ago but at the time I wasn’t sure what I had seen. Now I am certain it is the same animal and that it is a big cat. I know that someone had reported seeing a big cat on Abbotsley Golf Course but I never really thought the stories were true.”

The woman, who is in her 50s and works for Cambridgeshire County Council, said she would continue to walk her dogs along the same route but would take a camera with her in case of another sighting.

She added: “I might get some pepper spray to carry with me too. I’m not worried for me but I am worried for my dogs.”

CONTACT: Have you seen a big cat in Huntingdonshire? E-mail with details of what you saw, where and when.

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