Britain's Big Cat Mystery

Discussion in 'Media Links' started by Lempo, Oct 5, 2020.

  1. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Ultralighter

    When I lived near Aviemore I was cycling in the woods near boat of garten in winter, full snow cover, probably about 3 miles from the village, I crisscrossed all the tracks on my 29er rigid single speed going hell for leather, defo faster than anyone walking or even riding nearby, and I was sure there was nobody about. I was riding on a small track back to the main track and saw this... thing... running in the snow covered undergrowth (deep heather) parallel to the path, in fact running full pelt, and it ran up the bank and over the track onto the other side.

    As you can imagine my heart was booming like nobodys business and the adrenaline was pumping, what the hell is that, is it going to attack me? First thought was a boar, but as it ran across the track near to me (apparently unaware I was even there), I saw it was a really really big dog, one of those big shaggy mountain shepherd alsation crossed with a bear type dogs. If I hadn't had a proper look at it as it crossed the track only a few metres in front of me, I could have been filled with all sorts of speculations about it being any manner of big animal, and if someone had told me that there had been big cat sightings nearby I could easily have thought it was that.

    No idea if it was just out for a sprint miles from home, miles from owner, or if they were nearby and I just hadn't clocked them. Despite not being able to shift up a gear I cycled back to the village at snow-slidey warp speed.

    Anyway, sorry, cats. meow. Never saw a wildcat up there, sadly.
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  2. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Tales of Big Cats are part of our national heritage. Given bedtime stories of scary monsters, a diet of junk telly, lively imaginations and a fondness for imbibing alcohol, I'm only surprised there aren't more sightings.
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  3. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    You'd think farmers would have noticed stock going missing. Very large piles of cat poo in the woods. Big paw prints in wet mud. Scratches on trees etc. All the things that indicate big cats are about that are so obvious in Africa and South America.
  4. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    The Beast of Dartmoor - A Lock Down Special

  5. Nigelp

    Nigelp Section Hiker

    And no phone footage or photos of prints or the cats themselves. During lockdown the countryside was heaving and social media was full of photos and videos but not one of a cat.
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  6. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    8.58 he would say that wouldn't he? Confirmation bias.

    I reckon you were right the first time. It was a just Wisht Hound out for a jolly.:wink:


    Nice vid editing.keeping yourself busy!
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  7. Jmws

    Jmws Ultralighter

    Right, that settles it then... next SW trek-lite meet will be Wisht hound hunting around Wistman's Wood! ;)
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  8. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    Alas, no camping at Wistman's Wood - othewise I would have been right up for it :D
  9. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker


    Yup, he would, but in fairness to the fella, he was polite and has his story to tell - they quote in in those newspaper articles as well - but then, they would :D

    This was a bit of Lock Down motivational videoing - While taking my daily exercise and avoiding people, which I do anyway, without a pandemic :hilarious: I used to run a couple of times a week at Bellever and walk the dogs several evenings down at the river. Since the pandemic the place has been mobbed.
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  10. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Big cat, tail, tale...a pun and play on words in the opening seconds, creative genius :biggrin:

    I didn't bother with the rest :p
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  11. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    I don't have a creative side...:mooning:
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  12. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Lived in the woods for 30, worked in the woods for 10 years...never a sighting. Yet neighbours, nervous incomers from town, swear they saw one.
    We did come across a tree that looked like it'd been used as a scratching post by a lion...
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  13. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Seen one of these in the bushes near a river near me, managed to capture a couple of pictures ( not this one) before it darted off.
    Not a wild cat but it was huge ....
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  14. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    I've seen Wild Cats here in Scotland, their actually quite small. I've seen Leopards and Lion in Kenya neither of which you would mistake for a dog they are much bigger. Likewise the South American Puma (or the North American Cougar, which is the same animal) are very much bigger than a dog. Never actually seen a Jaguar but I believe they are about the same size as a Leopard. So what you saw was either a dog or a shadow.
  15. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I think that's the Bengali breed, which is bigger than the average house cat and also more 'wild' and temperamental.
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  16. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

  17. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    In fairness, me ole fruit, it may have been a dog, but I would suggest your experience of big cats is fairly limited :)
  18. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    On a different note... Are you astmatic? I've noticed in the past few uploads... You seem to draw breath a lot?
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  19. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    No, it's the Rode microphone is vey sensitive and hooked about 6 - 8 inches under my chin and exacerbates the noise so even normal breathing can be heard :D
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  20. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    I have a good friend (Zambian) who learnt his tracking skills on big game. He has been commissioned in the past (by a zoo) to look for track and sign in SW England. He said tree scratching is common sign, along with limbs of trees that have been worn smoother by a lying cat.
  21. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Cheers, I'd have thought you would have mentioned if you was as an inspiration to others.
    Must be just how you talk then :thumbsup:
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  22. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    'ow I talk... fine one to talk :D

    It doesn't happen with the onboard mic' but this one tends to pick it up, obviously it's louder when working harder, bit also depends on ambient noise because the mic will sometimes default to that as well. When I edit, I can see every single breath in pictorial format I go through the clips - it's really odd, but I've started visualising word sounds now - I can spot 'um, but, and, a mile off. :thumbsup:
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  23. Nigelp

    Nigelp Section Hiker

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  24. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    This fine specimen was captured in Surrey by the cunning method of putting your arm up it’s bottom and smiling. BFA3D2FA-30D8-48D7-8069-58DEBAB56AFF.jpeg
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  25. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    I like your wig
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