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Offline Baggawind

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Have you seen one ?
« on: November 07, 2018, 02:34:54 PM »
On arrival at our wildfowl farm permission my mate and I were greeted by the owners mother. She said, " keep a lookout for the black panther " . WHAAAT ?  She said a woman had seen a big cat less than a mile from the farm and had managed to take a photo of it too. Sightings of big cats are quite common in these parts , in fact Suffolk and Norfolk have apparently more sightings than any other part of the country. I,ve seen one , possibly two. I saw one crossing a field on the outskirts of Thetford one day. Deffo a big cat , long , black and with a long tail. Then a bout six months back , returning from a bottle filling session , a friend and I spotted what we think was a big cat stalking the edge of a hedgerow. I normally carry a monocular in the car glove box but for some reason it wasn,t there that day so couldn,t get a good look at it. Another friend , my local motorcycle dealer, has on two occasions , stood on a railway bridge not far from town and watched a large Puma walking along the railway line. Another good friend shoots a very large estate on the road to Thetford and they have had cattle mutilated by what could only be a big cat. They set a baited trap , a sheep tied up , to catch the thing but he has been sworn to secrecy about what happened. On another occasion when out shooting on a big permission I used to have, and at the end of the evening, I met up with my shooting partner who was looking rather bewildered. When I asked him what was the matter he said he was approaching the railway line along a hedgerow where there was a known rabbit warren , when a large, cat like creature jumped out of the bushes right in front of him . It ran away across the field. Later that evening he got in touch with a big cat watch forum. Apparently they knew all about this "thing " and said it was often sighted walking by the railway line that runs from Newmarket to Ipswitch and were not at all surprised at his sighting. Many years ago I spoke to a farmer on the outskirts of Lakenheath who said he saw a black panther cross about two hundred yards in front of his tractor. He said he had a .22 in the cab for shooting hares and was tempted to have a go but thought the better of it. Rightly , he said a wounded big cat would suddenly become  a danger to humans. So, there we have it . Anyone else seen one ?

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Re: Have you seen one ?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018, 08:08:05 PM »
Thankfully, No!!

It must have been an incredible sight though Baggy. Do you know if the pic that woman had taken is available to view online anywhere? ???

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Re: Have you seen one ?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 09:04:30 AM »
Baggy! There's too much in there that needs more exploration.

I normally carry a monocular in the car glove box but for some reason it wasn,t there .....

Is there some sinister reason why monoculars disappear near these big cats?

he has been sworn to secrecy about what happened.

Who by? Is there a covert group behind all this? It sounds like something out of "American Werewolf in London".

And you should do your bit for science; get him drunk and find out what happened.

it was often sighted walking by the railway line

Is there something significant about railway lines, I wonder?

Anyway, I've not seen one other than this one :

..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Have you seen one ?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2018, 12:05:32 PM »
I must have taken the monocular out when changing cars, from the little Mazda to the Skoda and forgot to put it back.
Don,t know about the secrecy thing. Probably summat to do with not scaring the public , I just don,t know.
Railway lines are an ideal way of getting from A to B . Think about it , railway banks are full of rabbit warrens , easy prey.
I used to have, many years back,  five permissions that all had one thing in common , a railway near by. And when the dreaded myxi appeared in one I could predict when it would spread to the others. I imagine any young bucks that were kicked out of one colony would simply wander down the line to the next , thus contaminating them too. I could be wrong but it happened every year. Wodga fink?
Oh, and the monocular is now in the Audi glove box . ;)