December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A big cat mystery is unfolding in Gorleston, where two men reported sighting a puma or a lynx.
The cat was seen prowling across a field near to the A12 at Beacon Park at around 8.30am on Tuesday.
Michael Muskett, chairman of NWES, was meeting private consultant Ian Miller at Beacon Innovation Centre when the pair saw the animal.
“It was just beyond the car park walking towards the hedge line at the back of Captain Manby’s pub,” said Mr Miller. “It was like a very large labrador and it had a long curly tail and pointy ears.
“It was about 30 yards away from me.”
He believed the animal was a lynx, and said his wife had also seen big cats in the Blundeston area where he lives.
“It looked in a good condition,” added Mr Miller. “From a standing start it jumped about six to 10ft.”
He said the cats can cover a 10 mile radius.
Mr Muskett, who was made an MBE last year, said he was not sure what he had seen to begin with.
“It just came to the left of the fields and walked across the park here and into the fields at the end of our offices,” he revealed. “I thought ‘that’s not an ordinary cat’.
“Ian, who I was with, said it’s a black puma that’s been seen around the Somerleyton area.
“It was a large black cat with a huge tail.”
He said he has two black cats at home and looked at their tails last night by way of comparison.
“They were nothing like that,” he added. “When you see a lion going along for a kill - it was like that.
“It didn’t walk like a normal cat.”
There have been numerous sightings of big black cats in the wild all over Norfolk in recent years.
But no conclusive evidence of their existence has yet been produced.
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