Harry Abonyi, 11, was cycling through the woods with his father Martin when a mysterious large animal started chasing the youngster.
The father and son were cycling through Black Carr Plantation on Warning Tongue Lane near Cantley and Branton on Wednesday evening when they were approached by the animal around 7.30pm.
Says Martin: “We were riding the trails that go around the woods, my son was riding about 30 yards ahead of me.
“As we rounded a corner, I saw out of the corner of my eye a large black animal sprinting out of the cover of the woods heading straight for my son, running diagonally to scare him away.
“My first thought was for a big black dog because I wasn’t ready to expect anything else.
“The Woods are popular with dog walkers, so I quickly looked to my left to see if I could identify the owners of the dog.
“I was a little worried about the animal’s intentions at this point, but when I looked back to see if he was close to my son, the animal was gone.
“As I gathered my thoughts a few things struck me. Firstly, on reflection, it looked like a very large cat and not a dog, there were no owners or other people in sight or within earshot.
“The animal also had to traverse a short section of ferns and underbrush to reach my son, so the only conclusion I could draw is that it saw me coming, broke off its attack and stalked off. is lying in the ferns. Pet dogs just don’t’ The cover wasn’t that dense so she must have been hiding well.
“My son at this point knew nothing, saw nothing or heard nothing, so I told him to stop, rest and drink, while I looked out into the underbrush. .
“Admittedly, I didn’t want to get too close because a cornered cat would probably attack. So I encouraged my son to get back on his bike and ride away from the scene. I didn’t tell him until later when we were out of the woods, so not to be alarmed, but he was quite shaken when I told him.
“I didn’t have any pictures because it happened very quickly and my son’s safety was my first concern.
“Obviously my son had no idea, so he wasn’t scared at the time, but I was quite alarmed.
“When I arrived I did a quick Google search and was really surprised to find that this area is actually a hotbed of big black cat sightings, with one spotted less than a kilometer from our sighting last year.”
There have been a string of big cat sightings in Doncaster in recent years.
Another reported seeing a “big black cat when leaving the M18 onto the M180 near Thorne Golf Course.
The clip showed a large black animal moving stealthily through fields on the outskirts of the village in February.
“When I realized what I had seen, I started to panic. He was massive and very muscular and certainly a big cat. It was pretty scary to see something like that up close,” she said.
In January 2017, Alan Tomlinson said he saw a ‘panther’ near Junction 1 of the M180, close to Doncaster services.
He said: “I’ve been doing this job for eight years and driving since 1982 and I’ve seen foxes and things like that but I’ve never seen anything like this before. It was much, much bigger than any animal I have ever seen.
“I only saw the back of it, but I knew it was a cougar or a panther when I saw the size of its tail wrapping around it. That’s how I knew it was a panther.
Meanwhile, later that same year, trucker Graham Byram said he saw a trio of motorway workers struggling to lift a huge dead animal into the back of a lorry on the A1 near Harworth.
Big cat stories date back to the 1960s and 1970s, when it was legal to keep exotic animals as pets.
But in 1976 the government introduced the Dangerous Wild Animals Act and while many owners gave their pets to zoos, rumors began that some people released their animals into the wild where their offspring still roam. nowadays.