Saturday, 2 April 2011

Mystery of Cannock Chase 'beast' as new sighting is spotted

Mar 30 2011

Yet another sighting of the Cannock Chase creature has been reported.

Chasetown resident Sam Whitehouse was driving across the Chase when he spotted the creature near the German Cemetery.

Sam was travelling along the A34 to Brocton, then to Camp Road, at about 11.30am on February 28.

Sam, a retired civil engineer, said the image is ‘burned into’ his memory.

“A short distance ahead, something crossed the road from right to left,” Sam said. “It was very compact, stocky even, with a strong sturdy body, head and legs. It was black and appeared to be quite shaggy. It scuttled - scurried across the road - quite fast. By the time I got to the location of the crossing it had disappeared into nearby dense undergrowth.”

Sam, from Church Street, said he estimates the creature was about 3ft high and 4ft long.

He researched on the internet and found the closest comparison is the North American Black Bear. “It is omnivorous, its diet including insects, beetles, deer fawns, fish, berries and tender plant shoots. The male is bigger than the female. The species hibernates until March. It is typically 2-3ft high and 4-5ft long.”

Some local folk suggested to Sam that the creature could be a wild boar.

“But surely a boar would have relatively thin legs?” Sam said.

Years ago Sam also caught sight of the elusive black panther.

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