Big black cat spotted prowling fields as man who took photos ‘quickly retreats’

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A mystery big black cat has been spotted prowling around fields in Gloucestershire.

The animal was seen near Ham Mill Lane in the village of Thrupp, just outside Stroud, walking through a field surrounded by trees.

A man captured the creature on camera at around 11am on Wednesday before quickly fleeing the scene.

The local, who wants to remain anonymous, said the animal was just 100 yards away when he took the pictures on his phone.

The man said: “Unsure what the animal was but it was certainly feline in its movement.

“My first thought was that it was a family dog that had maybe got out so initially I wasn’t scared at all, but once I realised what it could be I snapped a couple of pics and quickly retreated.

“I’ve never seen an animal like it before but it seems plausible that a large cat could be roaming the countryside.

“It seemed to be playful and completely unaware of me in the minute or so that I observed it.”

This is not the first time someone has reported seeing a big black cat in the area.

In 2018, Guillaume Lyons, 40, claimed he saw a big cat on the towpath just down the road from this sighting near his home village of Brimscombe.

He described the creature he saw as being as big as a Labrador but slim as a Dalmatian.

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A man who spotted a similar creature near Stroud said: “This photo taken in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire exhibits all the features of an Asian melanistic black leopard, sometimes referred to as a black panther.

“The long tail with a slight tuft on the end is diagnostic to leopards However, this photo reveals a creature that has adapted to living and hunting fast moving deer in the UK.

“It is slim, streamlined, long legged, with a smallish head, but still an efficient predator which has the tools for the job, with the teeth and claws.

“This particular type of British big cat, like the one in the photo, reflects at least 80 per cent of the sightings that I have received over the years and if genuine now gives credence to either natural adaptation of a species, or a hybrid animal now breeding true to type and living and breeding within the British Isles.”

Earlier this year, Puma Watch North Wales received a number of reported sightings of big black cats, alongside photos of huge paw prints.

The most recent sighting was on the A548 at Tanlan, in Flintshire, North Wales, the Daily Post reports.

While a delivery driver claimed he spotted an ‘enormous big cat’ he believes to be a puma in Chester earlier this year.

In May 2020, some photos showed a large black cat roaming in the wild near Tedburn St Mary in Devon, near to where a decapitated lamb was found.

A resident said they were in their garden on Friday, May 15, when they looked out and spotted the animal in a field.

“It appeared to be mauling something in the grass,” they said.

“It got scared by my presence and this was when you could tell it was a large cat, from the way it ran through the long grass.

“I have now been told that just up the road from this sighting, there was a lamb discovered with its head missing in a unclean manner.”