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Big cat seen in suburban Brighton

Posted on December 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

A big cat has been seen in a garden on the outskirts of east Brighton,East Sussex very near to the racecourse late at night recently.It was standing against a low garden wall which meant a scale measurement of around 50" in body length excluding tail which is at least 3.5 to 4 foot long,truly huge and not to be mistaken for a domestic cat by any stretch of the imagination.Said by the witness to have a more domestic-like head though but with more rounded ears and an extra length tail because it was dark no more features were mentioned by the witness.The street it was seen in is 500 yards or so from open country of the downs at Brighton and the sighting comes as no surprise from this area being a particular hotspot for sightings of big cats especially at this time of year when the weather is poor(areas of country north of the downs are all flooded out) .In addition the witnesses cat bore an inch or so long scar from an encounter it had at the time of the sighting with 2 more cuts being found on it`s neck area and a preliminary examination by myself has ruled out canid (fos or dog)attack.Although extremely rare for confirmed cases of big cat on house cat predation it is not completly unknown and there is a spate of missing cats from the area at this time.Also 11 small goldfish were taken from a shallow pond and tests are being undertaken on the remaining 2 fish to ascertain the predator in question although at this stage of the investigation fox is seeming to be more likely due to the ragged nature of the bite marks.Pictures of the goldfish bite marks have been posted to my Facebook account for perusal....

Categories: Sightings

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