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Couple's 'big cat' sighting near Orleton
IS it a pet on the prowl or a beast on the loose?
Opinions will vary as to the identity of the black feline captured on camera but eyewitnesses Lin Forward and Dr Nick Ovenden believe they saw a big cat walking near Orleton.
“We were driving back from Ludlow and went to the Goggin to see some deer," said Lin, who took the photo and lives in Linton, near Ross-on-Wye.
“We were just travelling along and I saw this big black thing about 200 yards away.
"A lot of people have said it looks like a cat but you had to be there to see it. It was way bigger than a cat.
“It was moving very slowly and close to the ground.
It was jet black and around four times the size of a cat and may have been a bit more.
“We are 99 per cent this was a big panther. I couldn't believe it.”
Reports of big cat sightings are not unusual in the area. In the 1980s the body of a leopard hybrid was found in Mortimer's Forest on the outskirts of Ludlow and the photographic evidence pubished in the Ludlow Advertiser.
Ã What do you think?
Have you seen a big cat and do you have photographic evidence?