A glimpse into the history of big cats in Britain.

Big cats in Britain

In the very first edition of Beyond the Line e-Magazine, cryptozoology has many and varied subjects within it, from the chupacabra to the domestic hamster. However in Britain, it seems, the Big Cats are the most well known of these enigmatic creatures. They’re not just the most well known, they’re also one of the most common mysteries encountered in Britain. So lets look through a brief history of Big Cat sightings and encounters in Britain. 

The first ever possible recorded sighting of mysterious big cats in Britain was in a book from the 1760s, entitled Rural Rides by the radical writer William Cobbett. In it he details seeing a cat “as big as a middle-sized Spaniel dog” climb into a hollow elm tree in the ruined Westerley abbey in Farnham near Surrey. Later he saw a “lucifee” (North American lynx) “and it seemed to me to be just such a cat as I had seen at Waverley.” Another old report was found by David Walker from The Times in 1827 of a “lynx” being seen, and the Big Cats in Britain have a report of a tiger being seen in Scotland in 1927!

 

Even further back there’s a medieval Welsh poem, called Pa Gwr in the Black Book of Carmarthen, which mentions a Cath Palug, meaning “Palug’s cat” or “clawing cat”, which roamed Anglesey until it was killed.

 

There is a quiet period for many years, up until the 1960-1970s when it became fashionable for people to keep imported big cats of all sizes and species as exotic pets. It is unsurprising then that a spate of sightings of big cats roaming the countryside happened during that time. Even more so when you consider the Act that was brought about in 1976 when authorities realized that unless looked after properly these still wild animals were a danger to those who kept them. The Dangerous Animals Act of 1976 required all owners of their pet big cats to have a licence, insurance and one certain space where the animal could be kept. Of course, a lot of people keeping these animals could not afford this nor bear to part from them or have them taken away, so rather than handing them over they instead released them into the wild. It’s believed by a lot of people that this is the main reason for the sightings in Britain then and now, as it is possible that these released animals could have established a breeding population. I happen to {mostly) disagree, but that’s for another big cat related article. 

 

The Nottingham Lion was first reported in 1976 by two milkmen in Tollerton, but despite a search by police and citizens for the animal, they could not find any evidence of it’s existence, despite the total of 65 reports they received.  

The reported Beast of Bodmin Moor is (or was) more than likely one of these creatures, as it appeared shortly after the Act was put in place. From 1983 onwards, there have been at least 60 recorded sightings of big cats in that area to the present day. This at the very least signifies that a large cat like creature was roaming that area for a long time. 

 

The Beast of Exmoor, first sighted roaming the moors in the 1970s (escaped or released pet by a distraught owner perhaps?). However this particular beast did not gain it’s fame until 1983, when a farmer claimed to have lost over 100 sheep in the space of three months, all with injuries to the throat. There have been sporadic reports since then, even three photographs of the beast, but no conclusive evidence has yet been found. 

The Surrey Puma of the 1960s has been joined by the Fen Tiger, the Beast of Ongar, the Pedmore Panther, the Beast of Gloucester, the Thing from the Ling, the Beast of Borehamwood, the Wrangaton Lion, the Beast of Shap, the Beast of Brentwood, the Lindsey Leopard, the Lincolnshire Lynx, the Wildcat of the Wolds, the Beast of Roslin, the Kilmacolm Big Cat, the Beast of Burford, the Chilterns Lion, the Beast of Castor, the Beast of Sydenham, the Shooters Hill Cheetah, the Beast of Bucks, the Plumstead Panther, the Beast of Bexley, the Beast of Barnet, the Nottingham Lion, the Durham Puma, the Horndon Panther, the Beast of Cricklewood, the Beast of Bont, the Beast of Gobowen and that’s not even all of them. 

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Some reports

In 1993 an ocelot was tentatively identified living in Britain. 

 

In 2001 in May, a Lynx nicknamed “Lara” was captured in Cricklewood, North London. No zoos or circuses reported an animal missing during that time, so either it was an escaped, unregistered and unlicensed pet, it was a part of a relic lynx population (the European lynx lived in Britain up until 500 AD, when it apparently became extinct), or it was a part of a population of those cats established during the mass release of the 1970s. 

 

Many reports of big cats were made during the year of 2003, including sightings of lions. leopards and pumas. 

In 2004, the BBCS reported over 2123 sightings of big cats in Britain, that was published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine. A Warwickshire gamekeeper reported seeing a large black cat poaching his pheasants before taking off when it saw him that same year.

 

2006 a man was trimming his hedge when a large black cat emerged from it, studied the stunned fellow and strolled off. A woman also reported a large black cat bounding across the road in front of her when she was driving near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

 

In 2007, reported by Big Cats in Britain, two people watched a big cat in their garden at High Hesleden.

 

July 2008, a big cat was filmed near a military base in Scotland, as reported by The Telegraph.

 

A tweet sent out by Norwich police this February calling for witnesses to a large cat prowling the city, which was picked up by the BBC.

 

There have been many reported sightings this year, many of course reported by the BCIB, including a couple who saw a very large cat in their garden near Haden Bridge hop the fence and walk away, a woman who saw a large cat near her home in Scotland chase some deer into a wood and a golden coloured cat running across the road from Hopwas Wood in Whittington. Fortean Times also reported two instances this year of people seeing lynxes-once with a cub! And this isn’t even the half of it, for this year alone.

Big Cats clearly have been reported in Britain for a while, since even before the craze of the 1960-1970s, and they’re definitely not going anywhere soon – judging by the constant flow of reports. You never know, if you keep an eye out, you might get lucky and have a sighting of your own.

 

See you on the other side,

Sylvia Wix

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Paranormal Network archive – Weather – Orb comparison. A case of mistaken identity

(Original article available at http://www.paranormalnetwork.co.uk)

Here are a number of example photographs taken in a variety of weather conditions. Which show evidently how natural conditions coupled with the camera  flash create on screen anomalies which have sparked the “spirit orb” conversations.

Orbs are created as a digital camera artifact, with the flash being so close to the lens anything in and around the lens becomes illuminated creating light balls, strange reflections, coloured lights – the multiple colours are generated much in the way a rainbow is created. And is a brilliant example of this, light is made up of different wavelengths each a different colour of the spectrum. As light is scattered through a droplet or moisture it splits into its colours.

 

 

 

A particularly heavy downpour in Autumn 2007, see how the light captures the raindrops thought to be the “teardrop” but are in fact spheres/globules

 

Same rain storm

 

 

Moisture and water kicking out droplets caught here as “Orbs”

 

The act of waving incense photo captures wave of the smoke being generated.

Paranormal Network took this image a Mind, body and spirit festival a number of “psychics” and those with connections to information none of us living folks here, apparently a whole communication network of truth – they revealed this image to be that of a actor who had played Phantom of the opera, which is why there is the “theatre” mask. Another said great sadness as it is the lingering spirit of as girl who is on the verge of becoming an angel due to her pure nature. A third said angry and vengeful spirit who was following me and that i needed a clearing and a healing which would cost me just 25pounds. What this was really was a “sage jostick” being waved in woodland.

A trip to Matlock, looking under the bridge with the water flowing beneath and damp moist conditions seemed a great photos and low and behold “orbs”.

A misty with no flash

A misty with flash. Now we have mass amounts of “Orbs”

 

Light/Medium rain

 

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Images courtesy of Paranormal Network archive: Kristian Lander.

Finding resource references across the ages of strange vampires encounters, which echo UFO abduction reports.

Have found somes reports of what is termed a Ludverc from Hungary /Romanian lore. Which is usually bunched with the accounts of vampire mythology. However if viewed from a modern perspective could mean something quite different, when reviewing the accounts. Take a look at these examples

Where a ball of decending light, sometimes being described as a shaft of burning light from the sky. A being of light enters the house. Soon after the females becomes pregnant.

Similar reports of the phenomena, the being of light takes on the form of a dead spouse, deceased member of the community or those thought missing.

Report on an elder woman who sheds her skin to reveal a being of light, who causes people to pass out, one reference shows that blood was being taken from the “victim” and they woke during the procedure.

Children being born and didn’t look like a person, indeed looked like “the devils” who came at night. Children being taken from their beds at night.

Women who were pregnant suddenly despite being heavy, wake up in the woods not longer with baby, no mention of blood.

A report of a man, who woke up to find a strange short being cutting his kidney 0ut, but was unable to move.

A curious report of vampires from Mexico, Between July 1977 to Nov 1978. Over 40 reports of the same phenomena occurrence of people getting hit by red beams of light that burned their chests directed by what and I quote “Looked like a man in a diving suit carrying a pistol”. Blood tests conducted on the victims revealed abnormally low levels of hemoglobin. The chest area struck by the red light deteriorated over time.

In my opinion, these don’t sound much like vampire reports.  They read like modern day what is termed “alien abduction phenomena.”

Kristian.

Paranormal Network goes audiable! (and more how would you like to get in voice acting?)

Paranormal Network today reveals an audio portal on the official website www.Paranormalnetwork.co.uk
The aim is multi-fold firstly to publish our research side of the paranormal, finding out information in the way we do. We come across so much rich material that is worth sharing! It gives us the ability to tell you about it, not just read it! We will be doing a number of our features exclusively in audio! These will not be just listenable online, but downloadable to listen when you wish and to take with you!
We have the skills, knowledge and experience to develop a high quality “podcast” style audio presentation, to be published in the same way, which will also be available on other outlets such as iTunes.

On our field investigations, we use record an audio log – we utilize a headset connected to a seperate digital dictaphone, we intend to from now on, publish our audio log files and as well as our EVP sessions.

And fourthly! Sylvia has been a writer of fantasy and sci-fi fiction for a number of years,
Also as a side project related to this – inspired by our good friends over at Darker Projects who produce high quality original audio dramas of science fiction, thrillers, chillers and tales in a darker shade. (In the vein of Twilight Zone and Outer Limits) as well as dedicated devotee audio dramas for Doctor Who and Star Trek. We will be developed an Audio drama – and is in process of now adapting some of her works into script for audio.
If you would like to volunteer for voice work you are welcome to apply Sylvia@ParanormalNetwork.co.uk