Staffordshire panther picture is a FAKE photo-edited picture with a fake history

The documentary filmmakers making the film Panthera Britannia Declassified about big cats in the UK countryside are relying heavily on a recently unearthed archive photograph stored at a facility called the Centre of Fortean Zoology. The assistant director of the facility, Carl Marshall, is very excited about the photograph. He said that it is unambiguous and supports the suggestion that there are big cats in the British countryside.

The photograph is mysterious and its history is very dubious. The photograph is, actually, a fake. It has been photo-edited from an existing picture of a black leopard i.e. black panther. That photograph is on the Pinterest website and it originally comes from the allposters.com website (see below).

It’s been doctored to be knitted into a wider picture of a grassy area with not contextual background. So, to be clear, the documentary filmmakers are relying upon several factors but this photograph is a central part of their argument and it is a deep fake.

I also now believe that the story about finding the photo at the above-mentioned centre is fabricated. The whole thing is stupid and once gain proves the opposite: that there are no big cats roaming the UK countryside as they can never produce the evidence.

The news media have latched onto the story and they consistently promote the idea that the picture is genuine and that there probably are big cats in the British countryside. It is very definitely untrue in my considered opinion.

And this photograph cannot be used in support of the argument that mystery big cats exist in the UK. I mean it is absurd in any case to think that they do.

Below are the series of photographs which illustrate what I’ve said above. And if you click on this link, you can read an earlier page on this topic which covers similar ground.

This is the original photograph on the Pinterest website which was photo edited into a larger picture
This is the original photograph on the Pinterest website which was photo edited into a larger picture. Image: Pinterest.
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Debunking the theory that this clear picture of a black panther proves that big cats roam the UK countryside
Debunking the theory that this clear picture of a black panther proves that big cats roam the UK countryside. Image: Centre for Fortean Zoology.
Wider view of the above photo
Wider view of the above photo. Image: Fortean Centre.
The photo edited and the original picture side-by-side
The photo edited and the original picture side-by-side

Carl Marshall, the assistant director of Centre for Fortean Zoology said that, “The photograph is unambiguous, it is clearly a large cat of the Panthera genus, and it’s so clear we can even see it whiskers. The photograph was attached to a mysterious handwritten letter, which includes a date without the year, isn’t signed with a full name and doesn’t have the sender’s address. It does state the photo was taken and if it’s genuine, there is probably the best photo of a British big cat that exists.”

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