Friday, 18 May 2018

CARL MARSHALL ON THE BIRMINGHAM "LION"

https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/17/woman-says-filmed-lion-roam-birmingham-7554322/

When the Birmingham "lion" first walks into frame its unsteady gait looks very much like a large and heavily built domestic dog, possibly a bull mastiff or a mastiff cross; and the colouration of the animal in the video also matches up very well with this powerful and popular breed. 

Woman says she filmed a lion on the roam in BirminghamWhen the animal turns to the right and starts to walk parallel to the observer, its gait does become a little more feline in appearance (leading to all the confusion!) but conveniently for us, at this point in the video the animal's head and longer muzzle becomes less blurred, giving away the creature’s true identity as a Canid rather than a Felid, such as an escaped lion. 

Also, the crook in the tail is much more reminiscent of a canine's; though one must admit the crook in a lion's tail is far less pronounced than that of a leopard's or puma's and closer to the one recorded in this video. However, if I had to bet my own money identifying the animal in this blurry footage, I would say it was most likely a large domestic dog, maybe a bull mastiff; as I see many more canine features in the video as opposed to feline ones. 

I personally believe there are probably at least three species of non-native "big cats" living wild in the British countryside, in limited, yet viable numbers. However, this video and many other urban reports on file of alleged lion-coloured big cats, are actually nothing more than honest misidentifications of this large and powerful dog breed. 

Carl.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

CARL MARSHALL WRITES

Ilfracombe sighting
Carl: "The Ilfracombe sighting reported to the North Devon Gazette by Bex Fitch and her children on The Torrs could well be a valid report of what might have been a genuine big cat. Unfortunately, simply being described as a "large dark cat" does not help us to identify this animal to a specific level. However, the basic anatomy described by the witnesses could indicate a medium to large sized Felid of unknown species, this along with the fact the mystery animal was viewed for a full five to seven minutes would seen to limit the possibility of misidentification on the part of Miss Fitch and her family. On a relatively light spring evening five to seven minutes would likely be more than enough time to spot some canine features at close range should they have simply witnessed an escaped or feral domestic dog! To me this report sounds genuine enough!"

Totnes attack
Carl: "If i had to bet money as to the identity of the animal responsible for the attack on the unfortunate ewe near Churchstow and photographed for the Totnes Times, I would say it was likely the work of a large domestic dog with very powerful jaw muscles such as a German shepherd or possibly even one of the bull breeds. The fact there was only one deep injury located on the hind quarters of the sheep does indicate canine activity, and more than likely has nothing whatsoever to do with the local eyewitness reports such as the one described by Mr Turner in the South Hams. If a large cat had dragged down a sheep and started eating its hind area (which they often do!) the sheep would have very likely been killed beforehand. Domestic dogs usually chase down one or more sheep by biting at any area that comes into close range of their primary weapon - the teeth and jaws! This usually means grabbing the unfortunate sheep by its hind limbs and dragging it down, however a very powerful dog would likely be fully capable of snatching a sheep by its flesh and connective tissues and tearing a chunk away after several violent tugs. The fact there were no other injures present such as deep slashes caused by teeth and claws around the head, neck, and shoulders strongly indicates a single dog worrying incident."

Sunday, 13 May 2018

VIDEO: Tigress Cares for Four Newborn Cubs

Tiger-zoologie.de0001 22.JPGFour tiger cubs - three males and a female - were born in the Crimean safari park "Taigan," the biggest one in Europe.

A 10-year-old Amur tigress named Vasilisa gave birth to the little tigers. Safari park "Taigan" is the largest breeding ground for different species of lions, tigers and other big cats. It is located in the Crimean Peninsula near Lake Taigan.


The Amur tiger is one of the world's rarest predators and is on the endangered species list. Tigers live in a protected area in the southeast of Russia, along the banks of the Amur and Ussuri Rivers.


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PHOTOS: Horror as lion pounces on Brit and drags him by neck into bush

Mike Hodge was attacked by the big cat at the Makarele Predator Centre in Thabazimbi, South Africa, seconds after going into its enclosure.


Mr Hodge, who emigrated from the UK with his wife Chrissy in 2003, is now in hospital receiving treatment for neck and jaw injuries.


Shocking footage of the incident shows the lion chasing Mr Hodge after he enters the enclosure and then dragging him towards some bushes.


Onlookers can be heard screaming for help while the animal mauls 67-year-old Mr Hodge who does not appear to be moving.


The lion drags him further into the bushes but then gunshots ring out and the lion moves away.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

PHOTOS, UK: Did 'big cat' attack sheep?

Three members of the same farming family are convinced they have seen a big cat in the South Hams – and wondered if it was connected to a recent attack on a sheep.


Howard Turner contacted us after seeing our online story earlier this week about a ewe that was attacked, near Churchstow, saying his wife, brother and late mother all saw what they are adamant was a big cat in the area.


The ewe, which had recently given birth to a lamb, was badly bitten around her hindquarters on Sunday in what was suspected to be a dog attack.


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SIGHTING, UK: Family convinced by Ilfracombe big cat sighting

On Wednesday Bex Fitch and her children CJ, 11, and Phoebe, six, had been enjoying an Easter holiday outing, visiting the beach and then driving up the Torrs as it was a nice evening.


As they pulled into the lay-by at Torrs, the family dog starting making ‘funny noises’ and staring intently out of the window.


They were amazed at what happened next, as a large dark cat streaked across the field in full view.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

NEWSLINK: Madhya Pradesh set to regain ‘Tiger State’ status

Madhya Pradesh is all set to regain the status of ‘Tiger State’ with the increasing population of tigers in the state. It is the outcome of continuous efforts that a continuous rise has been registered in tigers’ population. Besides this, the state is also ensuring its contribution in increasing population in the country and it will provide three couples of tigers at Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Odissa.The situation also leads to increasing number of territorial conflicts between tigers. The state took new initiatives of tigers’ translocation to new habitats. The state already set an example in the world with its successful tigers’ rehabilitation project at Panna Tiger Reserve. Now the reserve has population of 30-tigers.


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