A North Lincolnshire woman says she saw a “jaguar-like” creature roaming the fields of her village while tending to her horses.
Charlotte Walsh, 25, of Scotter, spotted the creature in a nearby field. Describing it as “walking instinctively”, she said it looked like it was looking for food or prey. It’s one of several recent sightings in North Lincolnshire, where witnesses described seeing what they believed to be a panther or similar big cat in woods and woodlands.
For Charlotte, who was with a friend, the encounter was more intriguing than frightening. It was difficult, she said, to work out what the creature was and they even tried to zoom in on their phones to get a clearer view.
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She said: “The incident happened on Saturday May 21 at around 4pm. My friend and I were really confused when we saw him in a nearby field as he was much bigger than your average cat.
“We tried using our phones to zoom in, but it was too blurry. Honestly, it had a similar size to a jaguar and a similar tail. However, the colors didn’t match, as there were light brown spots on a white background. coat.”
She added: “I’m 100 per cent sure it wasn’t a dog. I’ve lived with animals all my life and I know the difference between a cat and a dog and it wasn’t either one. nor the other. It doesn’t worry me at all, it just confuses me because I would like to know what it was.
“The thing was definitely walking instinctively when we saw it, like it was looking for food or prey.”
Other sightings of “big cats” have taken place in the same area. Last month a young boy was shaken when what they believed to be a large cat ‘pounced’ on him before heading off into the woods near Doncaster. The sighting came just days before Charlotte’s encounter.
Other sightings took place near the M180 motorway. Late last year several motorists reported seeing a ‘big black cat‘ near the junction with the M18. And in 2017 Alan Tomlinson described seeing a ‘panther’ near Doncaster Services at the end of the M180.