Monday 25 June 2012

Domestic cat deaths in Biddenden

Recently there have been several reports from the village of Biddenden concerning domestic cat deaths. The carcasses have been found often bereft of head and stripped clean, suggesting a large predatory animal is on the loose rather than the victims being taken by a dog or fox. These deaths echo similar cases from a few years ago when many domestic cats were found (or in some cases not found at all) decapitated and rasped off flesh. These sinister cases mainly took place around Orpington, Sidcup, Bexley, Bromley and towards Petts Wood and even as far as Sydenham where sightings of an enormous large black cat seemed to coincide with the discovery of eaten domestic cats.

Domestic cats, small dogs and foxes - as well as deer, sheep, ducks, geese, rabbits, pheasants, pigeons, squirrels, are all on the menu of large, roaming exotic cats - only recently a farmer in Sussex found a completely eaten calf which sported two extraordinary puncture marks in its skull. The way the animal had been killed an eaten suggested the work of a large cat such as a leopard.

May/June 2012 sightings

Sincere apologies for delays in updating the blog - writing and lecturing commitments have taken over, however, in the last two months 18 sightings have been received, including black leopard sightings from Sheppey, Tenterden, Gravesend, Deal, Blue Bell Hill, and puma sightings at Ashford, Sevenoaks and Dover. There has also been two lynx sightings from Sittingbourne and Folkestone respectively. Several sightings of black leopard have been received from Sussex - including the death of a calf which was found completely eaten and two puncture marks left in the skull.

If you see a large exotic cat in the south-east don't forget to report it to Neil Arnold at