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Mystery labrador-sized big black cat spotted in Wales for third time

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 05/01/2021 William Cole For Mailonline
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A mystery big cat has been spotted stalking the Welsh hills - after multiple 'puma' sightings in the past few weeks.

A 'labrador-sized' cat dubbed the 'Puma of Pontybodkin' was reported walking along a road on New Year's Eve just days after a similar animal dashed across a field.

There have been a series of reports made to the Puma Watch North Wales group since November - with apparent sightings across the area.

The latest witness described the elusive beast as 'a large cat roughly the size of a Labrador' and reported seeing it along the a busy A-road near Talacre, Flintshire.

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It comes a week after the latest of two recent sightings 20 miles away in the village of Pontybodkin - where one villager described seeing a 'dog-sized' black cat.

The witness said: 'Through the window that overlooks the field I saw a cat shaped, however dog sized, full black figure run across the field towards the hedge/fence.

'I lost sight of it as there's a brow in the hill. It was sprinting across.


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'I could tell it was not a dog, however I did have a look to see if there were any dog walkers, however there weren't any.

There have been a series of reports made to the Puma Watch North Wales group since November - with apparent sightings across the area. Pictured: Paw prints found in Rhiwlas, Bangor last year © Provided by Daily Mail There have been a series of reports made to the Puma Watch North Wales group since November - with apparent sightings across the area. Pictured: Paw prints found in Rhiwlas, Bangor last year

'This comes after a sighting of a big cat on the old railway line last month, which is 150m to 200m away. Unfortunately, I was unable to take a video or photo.'

Walker Toby Matthews filmed what he claimed was a big black cat dashing out in front of him on a lane near Pontybodkin in November.

Toby said: 'I looked up and had a sudden moment of shock, almost like when you wake up suddenly from a dream feeling like you're falling. Maybe 50 or 60 feet away was an enormous black cat looking right at me.

'I took a photo then turned around and quickly walked back. I wanted to start running but was worried it'd give chase.

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'I'm convinced that it was a puma, it was about two or three times the size of my little Labrador. It was probably around the same size as some of the jaguars at the zoo, and I think it was completely black.

'It's a really deserted and rural area and I rarely pass anyone else on walks, there's thick woodland either side of the path where animals can probably stay undisturbed for years.'

The reports follows two other sightings in 2020 around 50 miles away in Snowdonia - including where one farmer lost at least 10 sheep to a mystery killer.

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