A fresh sighting of a black leopard has emerged from Canterbury. A Miss Hogben was travelling from Margate to Canterbury on Monday 19th April 2010 at 8:00 pm when an enormous black cat bounded across the road ahead. She was travelling between Upstreet and Hersden when the animal sprang from the hedgerow, hit the floor once, then with great agility sprang straight to the other side. The animal cleared the adjacent field in seconds.
The witness was in no doubt it was a "panther" due to its size and speed.
On the 10th March a black leopard was observed by a train passenger between Canterbury and Selling, and on 20th February at 6:00pm a female witness whilst driving with her husband between Canterbury and Ashford, observed a big, black leopard in the vicinity of Wye and Boughton Aulph. The animal was at least four-feet in length and had an extremely long tail. It was only a few feet from the vehicle.