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.
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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Waracabra tiger

The Waracabra tiger is a mystery big cat but in actuality it is the combination of South American bush dogs rummaging through the forest disturbing trumpeter birds who howl loudly! Please read on.

KPN Shuker, is an expert on the mystery animals of the world and in carrying out ‘crypto-investigations’. His book, Mystery Cats of the World was published in 1989. He has a website on mystery animals and has written many books on the topic. There are many examples of mystery cats. Some of them are listed below this article by the way.

One of these mystery cats is called the Waracabra tiger. It is supposed to be a pack-hunting jaguar. Jaguars are not pack hunters as you probably are aware. They are solitary creatures just like your typical wild cat species (excluding the lion). The Waracabra tiger is supposed to create a unique terrifying, eerie howl. The sound can be heard echoing through the Guyanan forests in the dead of night.

The Waracabra tiger is a combination of South American bush dogs charging through the forests disturbing trumpeter birds who howl loudly
The Waracabra tiger is a combination of South American bush dogs rummaging through the forest disturbing trumpeter birds who howl loudly. Image: MikeB.

The howls are like the cries of the trumpeter bird which is known locally as the Waracabra bird. You can see the connection between the bird and the tiger.

But, unsurprisingly for me, although this mysterious tiger has been heard it has never been seen. The mysterious beast was investigated by an American zoologist, Lee Crandall, who came to the conclusion that the pack hunting animals in question were in truth, South American bush dogs.

That might sound like a plausible theory but these dogs do not make eerie howls at night.

As a result, there are some who believe that the Waracabra tiger is still of considerable interest.

Dr. Desmond Morris has a better theory which sounds even more plausible. He suggests that the “packs of wild dogs could easily disturb the sleeping trumpeter birds and set off their very loud alarm cries. This combination – of a pack of scurrying mammalian figures in the forest, accompanied by loud, echoing cries – could easily create a legend of a nightmarish, pack-hunting jaguar.”

Now, that sounds like a very smart suggestion which should put to sleep the thought that this mysterious howling tiger exists.

P.S. Humankind has a habit of creating dangerous mystery animals because people are often fearful about the unknown and the future. This fear feeds into the creation of mystery animals.

There is a mysterious beast in the forest called by the native Indians the “waracabra tiger.” All travellers in the forests of Guiana speak of this dreaded animal, but strange to say, none of them appear to have seen it. The Indians profess the greatest terror of it. It is said to hunt in packs (which tigers [jaguars] never do), and when its howls awake the echoes of the forest, the Indians at once take to their canoes and wood skins as the only safe refuge from its ravages.

Henry Kirke, a former Sheriff of Demerara (my thanks to Mr Shuker’s website).

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