Saturday, 7 April 2012
Possible black leopard sighting on Aylesford outskirts
On Friday 6th April at approximately 1pm a large, black cat was seen near Aylesford. This, if the story is true - which we have reason to believe is - would concern the same black leopard seen at Blue Bell Hill over the last few weeks. The area in question has been a hot-bed of activity over the last twenty years, although reports of large cats have been made in the area for over 500 years. Aylesford, and the surrounding areas provide enough cover and prey for a handful of elusive animals, and the numerous lakes dotted around the place would mean a large cat such as a melanistic leopard could travel around without being seen. Quarries are also perfect areas for a large cat to hide - quarries are rarely frequented by humans, especially at night, and with an abundant source of rabbits, birds, a cat would not have to move far in order to hunt. A few months a go a black leopard was blamed after several geese were found killed at The Friars at Aylesford. Scat has also been found at Blue Bell Hill.