The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column-inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.
Curated by Carl Marshall and Olivia McCarthy
Saturday, 1 February 2014
UK SIGHTINGS: Big Cat Sightings: From The Beast Of Bodmin To Coulport Cougar, Five Other Cat Tales
A police hunt for a lion supposedly stalking the crossroads of Clacton has had Britain on big cat alert.
Thermal imaging devices were deployed on Monday to find the predator and helicopters whirred over the countryside, while reports also emerged of a big cat sighting in the Cotswolds.
The search for the Essex lion has now been called off, but it's not the first time that a big cat sighting has caused a wild goose chase.
From the Cullen Corpse to the Beast of Banff, here are five other mindboggling big cat mysteries across the UK:
The Coulport Cougar
An off-duty Ministry of Defence police dog handler took a video of a cat heclaimed was as large of a labrador in Helensburgh, Argyll.
Pc Chris Swallow took the video below in 2009, however a cougar-like cat has been spotted a number of times in the Coulport area since 2004READ MORE