Saturday, 23 June 2018

CARL WRITES

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I am usually cautious when investigating British 'lioness' reports, as said previously concerning the so-called Birmingham Lion, these invariably turn out to be nothing more than large, faun coloured domestic dogs - sometimes feral. However, I have personally investigated a few credible reports of animals that do seem to be genuine pumas Puma concolor roaming wild in the British countryside; a good example can be found in Animals & Men Issue 52. Obviously being observed at 11 am on a Sunday morning does lend some credence to the validity of this sighting, as it would have been made under adequate lighting conditions, and at relatively close range.

However, this animal was also observed during what might be popular dog walking hours! And as we literally know nothing about Mr. Laidlaw's observational prowess in these matters (for instance does he where spectacles and approximately how far away was the animal from his point of observation?) at present, it's probably sensible to wait for further corresponding evidence before speculating further. This report, along with the lack of corresponding photographic or video evidence, and/or biological samples, unfortunately makes it inconclusive at best. Its encouraging however, that Mr. Laidlaw first tried to convince himself he was simply seeing a large domestic cat or a fox, as this is obviously good testimony to his character.

I suggest Mr. Laidlaw take a slow walk around the new Charles Church building site (and surrounding Brookers Hill area) and check for any physical evidence to back up his report (this is preferred as evidence, as an alternative to additional eyewitness reports which can only be considered anecdotal evidence at best) such as hairs snagged under a perimeter fence or machinery left over night, or pug-marks left in wet ground that belong to a big cat such as a puma (this should be done regularly and ASAP due to recent dry weather conditions). Its always worth taking the time to have a look! If more evidence is found it would also be a good idea for someone to set up at least one motion sensitive night vision camera, placed carefully somewhere at the sight.

If there really is a big cat living wild in this area of Berkshire it will likely be there for a while yet before moving on (in the Americas pumas have enormous ranges, in fact they have the largest of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, so this animal will likely not be in the area indefinitely) and there may well be some more eyewitness reports, especially coming from people driving along the nearby M4 motorway at night or in the early morning. 

This report might well be authentic but without any other corresponding data we cant make any further deductions at this time. 

I would be happy to take a look at any plaster casts or biological samples if anything is forthcoming. 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

NEWSLINK: Police arrest 7 suspects over killing of 9 lions

Police have arrested four more people on allegations of killing nine lions at Nyihanga in Songambele Hamlet, Nyichoka Village.

That brings to seven the number of people who have been arrested on allegations of poisoning the lions.

Nineteen lions have been killed in Serengeti District, Mara Region, since 2015.

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NEWSLINK: Two secret government reports saying the Blue Mountains Panther does exist were 'quietly torn up'

Black Panther taking a break.jpgTwo inquiries into the existence of a black panther concluded there was 'most likely' a big cat roaming in western Sydney but they were never released publicly - sparking claims of a cover up.


Hundreds of sightings of a big cat lurking in the Blue Mountains have been made and rumours of its existence have been circulating for more than a century, but there has never been any undisputed evidence.


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Thursday, 14 June 2018

NEWSLINK: Two Sumatran tigers to make new home at Aussie zoo

Panthera tigris sumatrae2.jpgTwo Sumatran tigers will arrive at their new home at the Tasmania Zoo on Wednesday, making the brother and sister pair the first of their kind to arrive in the Australian state.


Travelling from Symbio Wildlife Park near Sydney, Cinta and Jalur are both 10 years old and originally came to Australia from New Zealand's Auckland Zoo when they were just two.


"Cinta, the female, can change moods every single day," Symbio Wildlife Park handler Julia Mendezona told local media.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

CARL WRITES

Original Story - A sighting near Stirling, UK

As is often frustratingly the case when analysing anomalous British Big Cat videos, it is very difficult to be at all conclusive, considering the inadequate visual quality of the Stirling footage. However, I believe it's safe to assume the animal captured here is certainly within the size ranges of both domestic cats (Felis catus) and Scotish wildcats (Felis silvestris grampia), and of course the genetically diluted hybrids between these two species. Going by the relatively isolated Scotish location, the observable dimensions of the animal compared with that of the background trees, hedges, and partition fencing; the animal recorded in this video could conceivably be either (or possibly, even if unlikely, both) of the above!

As far as I am aware, Stirling is only a short distance south of the Scotish wildcat's known geographic range, therefore if further evidence does eventually come forward that compliments this video there is a modest possibility this could be evidence of wildcat range extension, or further genetic hybridisation.

However, unless more independent evidence (video or otherwise) does come forward, it would be sensible at this time to suggest the animal recorded near Stirling was most likely nothing more than a large domestic moggie!

Unless of course the eyewitnesses and the journalists didn't intend to refer to this animal as a true Scotish wildcat (F. s. Grampia) and simply meant to imply it was an ABC, then in that case it almost certainly is not!

ABC - extremely unlikely.
F. s. grampia - unlikely.
F. s. grampia x F. catus hybrid - plausible.
F. catus - highly likely.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

PHOTO: Blue Mountains 'panther' caught on camera - again

It's the Aussie legend that won't die and now the Blue Mountains panther has supposedly been caught on camera by a "freaked out tourist".


The Instagram account bluemtns_explore posted the photo, which shows what appears to be a big cat caught in a car's headlights.


The account claimed the photo was snapped at Pulpit Rock lookout, near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

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PHOTOS: Rare one-month-old tiger cubs as they are set to make public debut at a Chinese zoo

A park in north-east China welcomed 24 Siberian tiger cubs in the space of a month during mating season.


Pictures taken at the Shenyang Guaipo Siberian Tiger Park on Tuesday show the adorable tiger cubs curiously staring at the camera, with some frolicking with their siblings.


These rare tiger cubs are ready for their public debut on International Children's Day, which falls on June 1.


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