Full-time researcher and author regarding evidence of large, exotic cats in the wilds of the south-east.
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Kent Messenger article on 'big cat' trigger camera photo
Over the last few months Kent Big Cat Research have been investigating reports of a large, black cat in the Ulcombe area of rural Maidstone. Eye witness Sharon Ramsden had caught a large cat on film after setting up a trigger camera in her back garden. Whilst most of the evidence for a large cat in the area remained inconclusive the photo (which isn't as clear in the newspaper report of 10th June 2011) shows a large, dark-coloured cat. The animal, if judging by the fence, is just over three-feet in length. The main issue with the photograph is that the animal appears to be sitting on its haunches but there is no ground or anything stable enough for it to be sitting on. Another theory is that the animal is stretching up the fence (the tulip fencing is three-feet in height) and peering towards an area where Sharon keeps a pet bird.
The animal in the photo, which is also distorted by shadow, could be a large feral cat, or according to one zoologist, a sub-adult black leopard.