Suspected ‘fat cat’ caught on CCTV in Mostyn


A “big cat” was caught on CCTV in Mostyn.

Resident Lewis checked his cameras after hearing noises outside his home in the early hours of Thursday, September 23.

When he looked at the pictures, he saw that a mysterious creature was in the garden around 1:15 a.m.

He reported the sighting to Puma Watch North Wales, a group set up to investigate and document such sightings.

Observation of big cats in Mostyn. Image: Puma Watch North Wales

He said: “I heard noises coming from outside, I decided to check the cameras and noticed this.

“At first I didn’t think about it, but still decided to take a photo through the camera app.

“I rechecked it about half an hour later and it was gone.”

While it’s not clear who the suspect animal is in the image, a wheelbarrow in the foreground suggests it’s bigger than the average domestic cat.

Puma Watch founder Tony Jones said Mostyn and the surrounding area have seen a cluster of sightings in recent years.

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Observation of big cats in Mostyn. Image: Puma Watch North Wales

He said: “This is not the first time that big cats have been spotted in the area. We have already shared a terrifying story of a big cat maiming a big dog near Mostyn Docks, as well as multiple sightings at Whitford and Abakhan Fabrics nearby.

“And a few miles away in Holywell, a large cat was caught on CCTV by staff at a supportive housing several times over the course of a few days in July. In June, a black panther was spotted along from the coast to Rhyl.

“A suspected puma was also spotted a few miles away at Rhuallt Hill in January. Footprints were also found in Meliden during the winter, with many other nearby sightings listed on our interactive map.”

However, rural Flintshire is known to produce particularly large farm moggies, some of which are adopted as pets.

One of them hit national headlines earlier this year when filmed at Trelogan.

Sheldon, weighing 6 kg and measuring 88 cm from head to tail, has been mistaken for a puma or a panther.

Although some sightings have been explained, Tony believes there is evidence of a small population of cougar-like cats in North Wales.

He added: “Big cats such as pumas are solitary with a hunting area of ​​tens of kilometers. They are mostly spotted in Snowdonia and the Clwydian Hills, but reports of sightings in urban areas at some point. distance from these areas are increasingly common.

As seen with the now famous Llandundo goats, which began to roam the deserted city streets during the coronavirus shutdowns, it is likely that the reduced levels of human activity over the past year are encouraging them. big cats to roam farther from the hills towards more populated areas. ”


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