Big cat the size of a Rottweiler spotted TWICE a few miles from the castle I’m a Celebrity


TWO people claim to have seen a “big, black and muscular” cat in the fields near Abergele this weekend.

The sighting took place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Witnesses Naomi and Dan, who requested that their last names not be used, had passed through the Betws-yn-Rhos when they encountered the creature “just after the turn for Hunters Hamlet Caravan Park”.

Gwrych Castle. Photo: Gwrych Castle / Facebook

They reported the encounter to Puma Watch North Wales, the group set up to investigate and document the growing numbers of big cats in North Wales.

They said: “We were driving along the road, what we thought was a big Rottweiler along the hedge turned to dash over the bank into the trees / hedges.

“We noticed a long tail and a muscular rear. Was all black about the size of a very large Rottweiler or even bigger.

Puma Watchs large cat sightings map,

The Puma Watch big cat sightings map,

The last sighting has been added to the Puma Watch interactive map.

Just two days after the sighting of Dan and Naomi, a large black cat sent a “terrified” dog walker running to his car near Llanddulas – just two miles away.

Sarah told Puma Watch: “My dog ​​Lauren and I were out for our afternoon walk on a hill that we found a few weeks ago called Maiden’s Leap on Google Maps.

“Tonight, as we walked down the hill, I could see this big black animal prowling along the hedge at the bottom of the hill.

“He started to move closer to us, but he continued to walk around the edge rather than just towards us. I could see he was well over three feet long from head to tail and easily doubled my dog’s height (he’s a golden retriever)

“I absolutely drove him back to my car, I was afraid he would spot us and start chasing us. It is unlike anything I have ever seen in this country!

This year I'm a celebrity ... Get me out of here!  camp comrades.

This year I’m a celebrity … Get me out of here! camp comrades.

Both sightings are about three miles from Gwrych Castle, where the current series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here is set.

The woods and fields surrounding the castle are a hot spot for big cat sightings.

In October 2020, Chloe Green submitted a photograph of a creature she saw walking through the woods of Coed Y Gopa near Gwrych Castle.

Photo of what is believed to be a fat cat seen in Abergele.  Image: Puma Watch North Wales

Photo of what is believed to be a fat cat seen in Abergele. Image: Puma Watch North Wales

She said she heard a rustle in the trees before a large black shape leaped in front of her and her boyfriend around 10 p.m.

Although the visibility was poor, she managed to capture an image of the creature, which she believed to be a puma or a panther, on her phone.

She said: “To my surprise, a large black shape moved in the bushes. I didn’t even notice he was there until he moved, almost as if he had frozen, but then he turned and looked at me, still still. I was a little in shock to be honest, I didn’t really know what to do. He looked smaller than the big cats I saw at the zoo, but much bigger than a house cat, but he looked very feline to me. ”

And in March of this year, Gwrych Castle shared a photo of a mysterious paw print found in the park.

Photo of paw prints found in the woods published by Grwych Castle in Abergle Image: Gwrych Castle

Photo of paw prints found in the woods published by Grwych Castle in Abergle Image: Gwrych Castle

The castle said: “We have seen reports of a Puma roaming the woods surrounding Gwrych Castle, this paw print was spotted in our woods last week.

“But what do you think, Puma or dog paw print?” ”

Puma Watch founder Tony Jones said: “These are not the first sightings in the region. Over the past 12 months, several sightings have been reported and footprints have been found a few miles away in the woods around Abergele, although these are the first. we heard from Llanddulas and Betws-yn-Rhos.

“The Mirror and The Sun recently published articles on the area’s big cats, due to the filming of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity at Gwrych Castle in Abergele.”

“Across the county in July, a woman living in Conwy called police for help after spotting a ‘black panther’ sitting on the fence in her garden in July. North Wales Police recently revealed details of the incident to Puma Watch under the Freedom of Information Act.

“The incident log read:” The informant states that she saw a black panther on her fence on Saturday. The incident happened on Saturday – may be closed and marked for the rural crime team. ”

“Big cats such as pumas are solitary with a hunting area of ​​tens of kilometers. They are mainly spotted in Snowdonia and the Clwydian Hills, but reports of sightings in urban areas some distance from these areas. are more and more frequent. ”


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