The ‘black panther’ that has been seen roaming the Somerset countryside

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Since the 1960s, numerous cases of felines have been seen across the country.

Video footage, photographs and paw prints prove that big cats roam the English countryside very hard.

After all, experts have since admitted that the release of big cats from private circuses and zoos has most likely resulted in beasts roaming our fields and forests at some point in the past 50 years.

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Somerset however, has had its own unique sightings over the past two years.

Specifically, there was a spike in reports over a two-week period in February 2020.

Danny Bamping is a member of the British Big Cats Society, a group which aims to research, study and analyze the presence of big cats in Britain.

Asked about the possibility of creatures being in the area, he said, “There have been sightings near Chew Valley Lake and there was one sighting at Staunton several years ago.

“The Mendips and the general area are a hot spot for big cat sightings.”

In fact, it wasn’t until March of this year that the clearest footage to date of a big cat sighting in Somerset emerged, with a couple capturing video of the beast near Yeovil.

Observation of Paulton

In February 2020, Ms Bond, who lives on the outskirts of Paulton, claims to have seen a big cat “running in her garden”.

His son, Derek Bond, helped remember what happened during the sighting.

He said, “She heard that sound of something falling in the back yard. She heard a clicking sound but then this thing walked past her.

“It must have been big because he was making thumping noises on the sidewalk as he walked.

“She fell backwards as she was surprised at what she saw and lost her balance.

“She said she didn’t know what it was.

According to Ms Bond, she described the animal as “powerful in appearance with long legs”, had “short black hairs” and was “at least as big as a tall Alsatian”.



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Observation of Stanton Drew

Matthew Edmonds claims to have seen something very similar to Mrs. Bond while driving to Stanton Drew.

Mr. Edmonds considers himself to be very far-sighted when it comes to identifying animals in the British countryside.

He said: “” I was walking through Stanton one night with my girlfriend around 11pm and saw a black cat which was absolutely huge.

“He was the size of a large dog, however, he was very thin and had a shiny jet black coat. I saw he was sitting next to my girlfriend.

“He crossed the road and went up a grassy embankment, then crept through a hedge.

“This cat had a tail as long as its paws and was by no means a badger or a house cat.

Referring to Ms Bond’s claim, he added: “I have absolutely no doubts that this woman saw the exact same animal.”

Observation by Gurney Slade

Truck driver Allan Simmons claims he saw something similar while driving near Gurney Slade.

The driver believed he captured it on a dashcam, but the footage showed nothing, leaving Mr Simmons with more questions than answers.

Mr Simmons said: “I was driving my truck out of Gurney Slade to the Chilcompton depot around 3:30 pm during a heavy hailstorm.

“As I got to the top of the hill before the Old Down Inn, I clearly saw a big black cat running from the field to my right straight through the hedge, across the road and into the opposite field.

“It all happened so fast, but I was 100% sure of what I had seen.

“We checked the front camera of the truck, but due to the weather we couldn’t detect it because I might be too far away.

“I think my coworkers thought I was laughing, but after seeing this article about the Ms. Bond sighting I’m pretty sure they knew I saw it.”

The sighting took place on February 15, the same day Ms Bond claimed to have spotted the animal.

He added: “It all happened so fast, but I was 100% sure of what I had seen.

“We checked the front camera of the truck, but due to the weather we couldn’t detect it because I might be too far away.

“I think my coworkers thought I was laughing, but after seeing this article about the Ms. Bond sighting I’m pretty sure they knew I saw it.”

Timsbury Observation

Sarah Kamette, who lives on St Johns Road in Timsbury, believes she saw a similar animal around the same time.

While struggling to sleep, she got out of bed to make herself a drink.

But as she returned to her room, she looked out the window and saw a “very large animal” in her neighbor’s front garden.

While she failed to take a photo of the mysterious animal, she is now on the hunt for this animal again.

Ms. Kamette explained, “I was not sleeping well and had a cup of tea around 3 am My security light went off as I returned to bed.

“I looked out of my bedroom window to see a very large animal wandering around in my neighbor’s front garden.

“I was like ‘Wow, that looks like a jaguar’ because it has a very distinctive long S-shaped tail.

“I kept thinking I was wondering what it was and just saw Ms. Bond’s report.

“I will now watch and try to get some pictures if I get a chance to see them again.”

Could all of these observations be connected?

Was there a big cat walking around Somerset in 2020?

Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you think you have potentially spotted a fat cat yourself, please let us know.

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