A Gloucester big cat enthusiast who has studied the creatures for decades has been inundated with reports of potential sightings in recent days.
The reports follow a recent sighting of a Bristol couple returning home from an auction in the Forest of Dean when they came across a fat cat on September 17.
They said the animal was the same size as a Great Dane and compared it to the logo of sports brand Puma when they saw it jump.
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Frank Tunbridge, who lectures and is often approached for his expert opinion on big cats and other unusual sightings of wildlife encountered by the public, has since been inundated with calls.
Over the past few days he has received dozens of reports of unusual animals seen that are not from England. These reports range from wolves to skunks and, of course, big cats.
For those who raise an eyebrow and remain cynical about these big cat sightings, that begs the question; “Can all these people be wrong”?
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Mr Tunbridge said: “Regarding the last report of a big black cat sighting in the Forest of Dean, and my comments on the subject on Gloucestershire Live, in all the years of research on the subject and public information request, I have never received such a massive positive response.
âSo far, 25 emails have been sent to me. Each is so graphic in its content, and it comes from all parts of the UK.
Mr Tunbridge described how he received reports from Devon, Worcester, Scotland, Ross-on-Wye and more from the Forest of Dean, but he is surprised he did not receive many reports from Stroud .
He added: âThese detailed and often emotional accounts provide the facts of the existence of the ‘British Big Cat’ now part of our wildlife in the UK.
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âWith their lonely and secretive lifestyle, you have to be in the right place at the right time to see one. Then before you get over the shock of the encounter, they disappear in a flash, too late to even consider taking a photo because you can’t take your eyes off it right in front of you.
âI am in the process of answering all the emails that have been sent to me.
âWith so many people it might take a few days or so, thank you again to everyone who contacted me.
âPlease contact me at [email protected] If you have more exciting encounters for me.