This is a big cat sighting which has all the hallmarks of journalistic fiction on a quiet day for decent news. However, this mountain lion sighting has ostensibly been confirmed by the police using a heat sensing camera. I can only presume that journalists are working with the police to drum up a bit of a story on a quiet day for both of them. Big cat sightings are the automatic, default choice for journalists who have dried up.
Inspector Nick Whyte of the local police force was on board a helicopter at the time. The date was 2012. The police were searching for a mother who was considered vulnerable after they’d discovered a 2-year-old baby abandoned near one of their police stations.
The helicopter was called out at night and they were searching the area where the baby had been found. The thermal imaging camera on the helicopter detected something….
“We detected a very large heat source that we thought was possibly the mother. As I directed a female officer towards it, the heat source got up and it turns out it was a big cat – we think a puma or something like that. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing. It wasn’t a domestic cat, because on the same part of the screen you could see the female police officer and this thing was, you know, three times the size of her. It was huge. She couldn’t see it and she couldn’t hear it. I just told calmly to stop where she was in turn around and walk away, and she did. The cat bounded off, never to be seen again. Sadly we don’t have the video footage from it.”
It all sounds very authentic, totally believable and totally genuine except for the fact that he describes the cat as three times the size of a woman and there is no video to prove it all.
Pumas are not three times the size of people. Many pumas, particularly females, are of a similar size to a woman. They’re not as big as people think they are but then again people tend to exaggerate the size of “big cats” because they are fearful of them.
The sighting took place bang in the middle of Edinburgh at a place called Arthur’s Seat. It is a mountain or a large hill surrounded by Edinburgh.
Well, I know I’m cynical but using legal language, on the bounce of probabilities, it is far more likely that this is a drummed up story rather than a true sighting.