Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A relatively fresh 'big cat' sighting...

"Just thought you’d like to know that around 1.30pm today a large black cat ran across the back of our field.  I’d been reading in the newspaper at the weekend about black foxes, but it was a bit bigger than a fox and the head was round not long.  It had a long tail which it held upright and curled over towards its back. It was quite a sleek lithe animal.
We live in Betsham, a village about 3 miles from Bluewater on the other side of the A2."

A London-related tale...

A London-related tale:

"Very glad to see the Beast of Sydenham is still alive and well. My husband saw it in Dulwich Woods early one Sunday morning whilst walking our two Doberman a couple of years back. The two dogs were very anxious and wouldn't leave his side!

Round about the time the man was attacked nr Wells Park I definitely could smell 'big cat' musk in our garden.. and having been 'sprayed' at a Wildlife Park visit..it's a smell you NEVER forget. The policeman who attended the incident swears it was a big cat too!"

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Dover sighting..

Hi, yesterdy morning (17/8/2015) ,at 5 30 am,our cat was running to and fro from window to window growlng.A we have hens in back garden,I thought maybe a fox was visiting.However when I lolooked through pati doors,there was a big black cat.It was approx 3 ft lng and had a long thick tail.It was no way a domestic cat.Something similar to a Labrador size.This happened in Whitfield Dover.Couldn't see any' calling card' , but I know what I saw!!"

Friday, 14 August 2015

Latest big cat sighting...

Latest report: "I was travelling on the a228 between Padock Wood and East Peckham on the 14th August at about 9am, I am an HGV driver I looked to my left and no more than about 40 feet in a field I saw what I thought was a panther, initially I thought DOG but the way it was walking and its stance with its head slung low and looking forward has convinced me that it was a big cat, the sighting only lasted about 2 second due to me driving at about 40mph, unbelievable !!"

Sunday, 2 August 2015

South-East London 'big cat' sighting

"My ex came to visit earlier in the week (end of July 2015), and was woken up around 5am by some pigeons on my balcony. She went to my kitchen which overlooks ****** ***** at Sydenham and was amazed when she saw a very large black animal walking along the road. She is fairly certain that it was a panther. My kitchen window looks north, and straight down Seeley towards Sydenham hill station. The animal was on the left hand pavement looking from my kitchen, ver...y near to the entrance of the old early Victorian Kingswood House. Apparently a car drove past it and the animal froze but made no attempt to hide. If the driver had been looking he would have seen it for sure! It walked off in the direction of the station. To the right, and only a few hundred yards away is the ancient Dulwich Wood."

"I also saw a panther In the early 80's when I was returning to Farnham after a gig in London at around 2am near Wisley on the A3. I had stopped by the lake next to the A3 to have a pee. I got into my car, and pulled back onto the road. As I accelerated, I saw an animal coming towards me also on the road, I passed it on my side of the car and had a very clear view of what I was certain at the time was a large black panther. It completely freaked me out as only moments earlier I had been outside.
I wonder why more people haven't seen them as it seemed quite confident and could easily have darted into the side of the road."

Over the years I've received sporadic reports of a large black cat in and around Sydenham. I received photographs a few years ago of a domestic cat that had been eaten by a large black cat and in the same week a jogger, running with his dog, was chased by a "panther" at Dulwich Wood. Although the story from 2005 of the man who claimed to have been attacked by a black leopard was most certainly a hoax; it is very likely that a melanistic leopard does roam the area. If one looks at Sydenham on a map you'll notice several wooded parks dotted around the area, and it's also worth noting that I often receive reports from Bromley too which is just four miles from Sydenham. If one takes this into consideration then a black leopard around Sydenham could also have a territory that covers parts of Surrey and Kent; taking in West Wickham, Chislehurst etc.
Although I'm often dubious of reports of 'big cats' being seen more central to London it is worth taking into consideration that Brixton is only four or so miles from Sydenham!

Friday, 3 July 2015


There have been numerous websites commenting on the so-called puma (mountain lion/cougar) allegedly caught on film in the UK. However, after a quick trawl on the internet I found the exact same image from the MonteZumaBeach website; oh dear.... http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/convincing-image-big-cat-loose-Westcountry-date/story-26826455-detail/story.html#F51oTw9sy8iZt2TM.01

Saturday, 6 June 2015

'Beast of Blue Bell Hill' fresh sighting....

"Having just browsed the internet and come across your ‘Kent Big Cat Research’ website, I thought you may be interested in something I saw today. I was playing a round of golf with 2 friends at Cobtree Manor Park Golf Course at the bottom of Bluebell Hill, and was on the 8th green at about 10:15 this morning, when I saw a very large black animal come out of the woods about 100m away, walk along the edge of the woods for about 15m, and then disappear back into the woods. It looked to be larger than an Alsatian, but it definitely wasn’t a dog - it padded along with the gait of a cat. One of my friends also saw it, but he only had a fleeting glimpse at it went back into the woods."