Sunday 8 June 2014

'Big cat' seen swimming across Kent lake.

On 7th June 2014 at 9pm a professional photographer snapped a large, cat-like swimming across a Kent lake. At the time the witness was photographing the beautiful sunset and the ducks floating on the surface of the lake. After taking hundreds of snaps he then noticed in them an animal swimming in the distance behind the ducks. I was contacted by the agency, and then the photographer regarding the images and believe the image in question shows a large cat - possibly a puma, swimming across the lake. Although the lake at its deepest is around 90ft and several hundred metres wide, puma are known to swim - at pace - in such bodies of water, especially as it takes less time than walking around it.

Many so-called 'big cat' images have been passed around and dismissed but the photographs I've seen DO NOT show an otter, dog, domestic cat, deer or fish, but instead a large cat - its head and arch of back - silhouetted against the orange glow of the water as the sunset is reflected on the lake.

I've never been of the opinion that any 'big cat' evidence is good enough for the sceptics and detractors, but the photographs - in the possession of the agency - are VERY interesting indeed. Over the years the lake in question has featured in several 'big cat' encounters with joggers, walkers and fishermen reporting sightings both puma and black leopard. Many thanks to the photographer and agency for showing me the images.

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