Tynedale’s legendary black cat filmed in one of the most compelling sightings of all time


Video taken in rural Northumberland appears to show a large black cat walking through a farmer’s field – in broad daylight.

The footage was taken in the remote Allen valleys by a worker who wishes to remain anonymous – but said he “must have been bigger” than a normal cat after spotting it about 40 yards away.

Over the years, there have been countless sightings of the Tynedale’s black cat in the area and throughout the county.

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While it is not known exactly what the animal is, it certainly looks big and moves like a cat.

In the past, wildlife experts have said there is no reason not to believe big cat sightings in Northumberland.

A Stocksfield resident said she saw Tynedale’s black cat staking deer in a field behind the Guessburn Estate in 2008 – and she was not alone.

Two other people said they saw the animal in the same year, and there has even been a sighting in Hexham town center before.

A still from video captured in the Allen Valleys area of ​​Northumberland appearing to show the elusive Northumberland Black Cat

Another sighting of the animal was reported by a motorist driving between Allenheads and Hexham in the early hours of the morning in 2019, while people also reported sighting a large cat in Oakwood and Slaley Forest.

Experts have said it could be a lynx, puma, or even a hybrid from an animal released into the wild by its owner.

Elsewhere, pumas have been sighted near Alnwick and Rothbury, while two girls have previously reported a black cat in the grounds of Alnwick Castle.

Witnesses include filmmaker Georgina Kiedrowski who produced a documentary for Tyne Tees Television after spotting a large black animal while driving on the A1 near Darlington.

She was enticed into making the film after reporting the incident to the police and being told it was a common occurrence.

Further afield, one of the northeast’s most famous sightings of a big cat was taken by photographer Philip Nixon at St John’s Chapel in County Durham, who actually took a photo of the so-called Durham Puma in 1992.

Is this the Puma Durham?
Is this the Puma Durham?

This image, Ian said, is a real sighting although it is still not known what the animal actually was.

Philip captured the image of a large, reddish-brown cat-like creature the size of a border collie, with a rabbit in its jaws.

He was said to have a very long tail that curved upward as he moved.

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