Belief in big cats in the UK countryside linked to religious beliefs

Mystery big cat sighting? A tangible manifestation of an intangible generalised fear.

OPINION: I believe that there is a link between the belief that big cats exist in the UK and religion. Both require faith and belief without evidence. Ultimately religion is based upon faith and the belief of a supernatural being, a god. And ultimately when people believe that there are wild large cats roaming …

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DEBUNKING the theory that this photograph of a black panther proves that big cats roam the British countryside

Debunking the theory that this clear picture of a black panther proves that big cats roam the UK countryside

The Times and other news media outlets, today, August 16, 2023, report on the discovery of a photograph of what to me is clearly a melanistic leopard (black panther) in long grass which carried an inscription saying that it was taken in Smallthorne, Staffordshire, UK. The person who wrote the inscription did not provide …

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Picture of black domestic cat versus genuine black panther in profile debunks the mystery big cat sightings

Comparing in profile the black domestic cat and the genuine black panther

Several times each year the news media jump all over a mysterious black panther prowling around the British countryside tearing livestock to pieces. A lot of the time it is news media fiction – clickbait as it is a slow news day – but sometimes amateur observers genuinely believe that they’ve seen a black …

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Big cat in Calais, France?! The authorities want to shoot it.

Big cat Calais!? No, a domestic cat

CALAIS, FRANCE-NEWS AND COMMENT: There are reports of a big cat, thought to be a mountain lion (puma), in the area of Aux-le Chateau, south of Calais, France. The authorities want to shoot it dead because they say it would be hard to capture the animal with a tranquilizer gun. “The straying of such …

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Bengal and Savannah cats outside can look like wild cats and they can frighten the public

Bengal cat outside looks like a wild cat

I think that one very good reason why it is inadvisable to allow your wildcat hybrid such as the Bengal or Savannah cats outside unsupervised is because, at a distance, and if an observer is unsure, they look very much like a genuine wild cat. Perhaps the observer lets their imagination run wild and …

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Speculation that mountain lions inhabit the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Pawprint of possible mountain lion in Blue Mountains NSW

NEWS AND VIEWS – BLUE MOUNTAINS, NSW, AUSTRALIA: Based on quite vague pawprints and loosely formulated theories there has been speculation about the possibility of “big cats” roaming around the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, NSW. The phrase “big cats” has been used loosely because the hikers speculated that there were mountain lions in …

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