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Walkers warning over 'big cat'

Posted 16 July 2010
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Walkers warning over 'big cat'
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Those who like to go walking in the Cairngorms have been advised to be on their guard after reports of a large animal roaming the area were received by police.

What appeared to be a black cat the size of a German Shepherd was spotted by a member of the public in woodland at Inshriach near Kincraig, south of Aviemore, on Tuesday morning (July 13th).

The nearby Highland Wildlife Park said none of their big cats is missing, but Northern Constabulary has advised any members of the public encountering the creature to call the force and not to approach it.

Riders on mountain bikes may also spot the creature if it is at large in the area, as there are numerous cycling trails in the nearby Rothiemurchus Forest and other local sites.

Last week, it was claimed that a big cat on the loose in Hertfordshire had been responsible for an attack on a horse.

Vet Simon Lyddon said the nature of the injuries to the horse suggested such a creature could have been responsible.

Posted by Elaine Arthur