Sunday, 26 March 2017

NEWSLINK: China Is Creating a Huge Sanctuary to Save Endangered Big Cats

In an effort to step up its existing protections for big cats, China has announced plans to create a 5,600-square-mile nature reserve.

In the past, China has been criticized for not doing enough to protect its last remaining big cats from human encroachment, land clearing and poaching. Tigers, for instance, are particularly vulnerable to wildlife trafficking, fetching large sums of money on the black market.


NEWSLINK: NTCA begins probe into tiger's death

The National Tiger Conservation Authority today began its investigation into the death of a tiger allegedly due to injuries sustained while it was being captured by forest guards.

The three-member NTCA team, which arrived yesterday, has already begun its probe into the death of the tiger at Nainital Zoo recently, Chief conservator of Forest Digvijay Singh Khati said.

The tiger which had killed two persons in Bailpadav range of Ramnagar forest recently had died at the Nainital Zoo hours after being captured by the forest department, he said.


Friday, 24 March 2017

NEWSLINK: 14yr old boy is savaged by a cheetah at South African safari park ‘that allows visitors to STROKE the killer big cats’

A kiwi boy was mauled by a cheetah after being allowed to pet the big cat – and he was only saved when his dad wrestled it to the ground.

Isaac Driver, 14, had been allowed to stroke two of the animals at a South African nature reserve.

But as he tried to walk away, a cheetah ran at him and knocked him to the ground leaving him injured.

He was only saved when his dad Dave tore into the cheetah, pinning it to the ground and holding it down at the Emdoneni Safari Park in Zululand KwaZulu-Natal province.


SIGHTING, UK: Father and son, 5, startled by two big cats near Welwyn Garden City

A startled walker has told of his encounters with two mysterious big cats in Times Territory.

The 37-year-old man, who wished to remain anonymous, was on a customary evening walk around Tewin with his five-year-old son about six weeks ago when the toddler excitedly pointed into the distance and asked what it was he could see.

Standing in the open field about 400 metres away were two large “dusty, sandy coloured” big cats, coming to just below waist height, with long, dark tails.

Startled, the observer said did not know what they were, but was “100 per cent” sure they were big cats from their movements.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Big cats prowling Welwyn Hatfield, Freedom of Information request reveals

Herts Police confirmed that between 2011 and 2016 there were 26 reports of big cats prowling in the wild.

The majority (11) were of a panther, with one informant, in 2011, saying that after seeing a sheep being eaten by a panther, they “ran all the way home and our dog was going crazy, barking and yelping”.

Of the 26 reported sightings, nine were classified as unknown species, but shared similar characteristics with callers telling the police the big cats were “very large” or the same size as a Labrador, brown or gingery in colour – and in one incident, just 20ft from the informant.

A farmer in the north Hatfield area informed the police of multiple sightings on their property of a panther.


SIGHTING, UK: 'Cheetah' spotted in Barnet prompts police call

Of all the calls received by the Metropolitan Police this year, few will have been as perplexing as one reporting a cheetah roaming the streets of London.

Newly released records reveal that last January a worried member of the public dialed 999 after appearing to see one of the big cats prowling the borough of Barnet.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Mysterious ‘beast’ believed to be roaming Scottish Highlands stripping all the flesh off sheep and eating them

A large “cat” with a taste for mutton is believed to be roaming the most remote parts of northern Scotland, stripping sheep from their skin and leaving no trace but bones and wool.

The mysterious beast's latest catch is a hefty and healthy ewe of about 50kg. Her wool was neatly peeled off her skin before it was eaten. The carcass was found less than 100 yards from a croft in Swordly at the weekend.

The ewe belonged to Susan Mackay, who is not the first crofter to fall victim of the unknown animal.