Big cat sighting in ancient woodland park near London…..!
Not bad is it? You can probably tell that it is not real but on a casual glance in the mist you might not be so certain. This black panther “big cat” is, in fact, a stuffed toy that was dumped in Epping Forest illegally and then someone put it on the branch of the tree.
The point I am gently making is that it is quite easy to produce a “big cat sighting” in the UK and they routinely occur at least once, annually.
You can see the real thing on this page. This black panther plush toy is far too insubstantial to be the real thing, which is more muscular, bigger and powerful looking. “Black panther” usually refers to the melanistic jaguar or leopard and occasionally the black puma.
The photo is “as is” except for adding an old feel to it. I believe it was taken by a City of London forest keeper.