Tuesday, 17 September 2019

CARL WRITES: 28/8/19 - Powick, Worcestershire

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The cat recorded skulking around St. Peter’s Church in Powick, Worcestershire, and reported in The Mirror, is also most likely a domestic cat going by its gracile anatomy and gait. It likewise appears to have the tell tail sharp pointed ears of a domestic cat, and might be also be wearing a collar. However, these latter features are admittedly not particularly clear in the video. If we presume that the headstones on the graves which the cat passes closely behind are standard sized headstones, then the cat does indeed seem fairly large. Powick is not particularly far from where I live in Warwickshire, therefore I intend to visit this location within the month and measure definitively the height and width of the headstones, which I expect are nonstandard (maybe the graves of children). There is of course every possibility that the cat in this video has no relevance to the previous reports of the so-called ‘Powick Puma’ and does not in any way discredit them. The colour of the cat in the video is not easily discernible but it appears to be dark, possibly dark brown, and seems to have a banded patterning on its tail. This cat looks much more like a wildcat than a puma and is thus probably a domestic cat of reasonably large dimensions. I will provide an update once I have had chance to visit the churchyard and located and measured the headstones. Watch this space!

CARL WRITES: 27/08/19 - Near Leeds, Yorkshire

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The Daily Mail report provided by Mr. John Pearson appears to show a large domestic cat. This is evidenced by the cat’s large pointed ears and general body shape. The animal looks to be rather robust; likely a large male. In my opinion it seems probable that Mr. Pearson has unintentionally overestimated the distance of his observation (650 ft) and thus probably also overestimated the dimensions of the animal he observed. There are no species of true big cats with sharp pointed ears like we can clearly see in Mr. Pearson’s photograph; therefore I think we can be fairly confidant he has captured a reasonably large domestic breed.

CARL WRITES: Formosan Clouded Leopard Survival

A stunning clouded leopard subspecies thought to have been extinct for the last 30 years has been spotted in Southeast Taiwan. Officially declared extinct by zoologists in 2013 after not being seen alive since 1983, the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura) attained cryptozoological status in 2018 after locals in the Southeast Taiwan town of DarenTaitung, reported seeing the ‘extinct’ cat in the forests.

In February 2019, Taiwan News reported two sightings by two different groups of rangers in Taitung County, both made in the summer of 2018. One report was of an individual climbing a tree and climbing a cliff in order to hunt mountain goats, while another was of an individual darting past a motorist on a road before retreating into a tree. According to the village chief Kao Cheng-chi, researchers are now working with the villagers to keep hunters away in an attempt to protect the animals and also to limit the destruction of their habitat.

A previous 13 year camera trapping study by zoologists failed to find even a single clouded leopard, which following excessive logging, forced the cats into the more mountainous regions.

In 1989, the skin of a young individual was found in the Taroko National Park area, which was the last confirmed report. Pugmarks reported in the 1990’s near Yushan National Park were suspected, but were not confirmed to be of a clouded leopard.
The Tawa Mountain Nature Reserve is a protected area encompassing approximately 190 square miles. It harbours the largest remaining primary forest in Southern Taiwan and comprises tropical and subtropical rainforest as well as temperate broadleaf and mixed forest and temperate coniferous forest – there is hope that this illusive big cat might have also migrated into this reserve.
Ironically, owing to the relative rarity of reports of live Formosan clouded leopards even before it’s alleged extinction, there was a hypothesis among a few researchers that the Formosan clouded leopard never existed, and that the pelts frequently worn by indigenous communities were Sunda clouded leopard pelts that were being traded between the Sunda Islands, China, and Japan.

The lesson - Never say never!

MYSTERY DOGS...? : Black Shuck appeared to a woman in Buxton at the precise moment her brother dropped dead

Many researchers have drawn parallels between the black dog legends of northern Europe and the modern folklore surrounding mystery cat sightings. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to post this article sent in by Anouska Anderson-Jakes here on the CFZ Mystery Cat blog:

Scholars of the Weird in Norfolk know that big black dogs spotted wandering close to churchyards at night are rarely good news. Black Shuck is the ghostly black dog said to roam in East Anglia inland and at the coast, often believed to be an omen of death, his name from the Old English word "scucca", meaning devil or fiend.

Reverend ES Taylor wrote about Black Shuck in 1850: "This phantom I have heard many persons in East Norfolk and even Cambridgeshire, describe as having seen as a black shaggy dog, with fiery eyes and of immense size, and who visits churchyards at midnight. And of course, across the border in Bungay, Abraham Fleming's famous account of "a strange and terrible wunder" in 1577 recounted the terrible tale of a beast that killed people at worship, leaving tragedy in its wake.


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