Alien Big Cats ('ABCs')

In your opinion what are alien big cats most likely to be?

  • Escapees from collections, breeding in the UK countryside

    Votes: 36 48.0%
  • A species of endemic British big cat somehow overlooked by science

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Zooform Phenomena - animal-shaped manifestations of paranormal activity

    Votes: 3 4.0%
  • Misidentifications of big dogs, normal cats etc

    Votes: 18 24.0%
  • A big hoax

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Summat else

    Votes: 3 4.0%
  • All of the above

    Votes: 15 20.0%

  • Total voters
    75
Joined
Jul 31, 2005
Messages
6,213
Reaction score
8,694
Points
309
Difficult to gauge the exact size from that picture, but it does look to be a fair bigger than the average household moggie.
If that blue area on the front of the brick building is a door then it doesn't look that big at all.
 

Min Bannister

Possessed dog
Joined
Sep 5, 2003
Messages
4,682
Reaction score
6,186
Points
234
That was exactly my thought. It just looks like a normal sized cat to me. Unless he has a truely massive shed with a gigantic door.
 

Peripart

Antediluvian
Joined
Aug 1, 2005
Messages
5,721
Reaction score
3,313
Points
259
If that blue area on the front of the brick building is a door then it doesn't look that big at all.
You're probably right. If it's a single door, the cat's not huge. I'd initially thought it was a wider than normal door, but I'm doubting it now.
 

Stillill

Ephemeral Spectre
Joined
Feb 8, 2014
Messages
420
Reaction score
630
Points
99
Location
London
It’s probably easier to work out using the scale of the bricks. A standard brick is just under 9 inches. Measuring from the photo ( admittedly not entirely accurate) the door and door frame measures at 4.2 feet.
 

Kondoru

Antediluvian
Joined
Dec 5, 2003
Messages
6,399
Reaction score
1,374
Points
234
Its a sandy house cat. Hasnt this person seen a domestic cat before?
 

Eponastill

Abominable Snowman
Joined
Aug 2, 2002
Messages
874
Reaction score
1,362
Points
164
Location
generally on the fringes

Kondoru

Antediluvian
Joined
Dec 5, 2003
Messages
6,399
Reaction score
1,374
Points
234
Maybe a seriously desparate no news day?

Desparate to print something that doesnt involve COVID-19???
 

Min Bannister

Possessed dog
Joined
Sep 5, 2003
Messages
4,682
Reaction score
6,186
Points
234
I liked the detail about "my colleagues from the university" as if you are meant to assume that these colleagues automatically know everything about big cats. Because everyone from any university is an expert on everything.
 

Anome

Bibliomancer
Joined
May 23, 2002
Messages
5,531
Reaction score
590
Points
194
Location
Left, and to the Back
It’s probably easier to work out using the scale of the bricks. A standard brick is just under 9 inches. Measuring from the photo ( admittedly not entirely accurate) the door and door frame measures at 4.2 feet.
Even easier to tell from the size of the fence behind it. Keeping in mind that the fence is on the opposite side of the road from the cat, and seems to be a standard kind of low fence, that cat is positively tiny by comparison.
 

Lord Lucan

Justified & Ancient
Joined
Feb 17, 2017
Messages
2,743
Reaction score
7,260
Points
204
Difficult to gauge the exact size from that picture, but it does look to be a fair bigger than the average household moggie.
Hopefully, there'll be an update to this story. As always, it's difficult to tell, though the cat does seem to have a peculiar shape to it and from what I can tell, rather large feet (though that may just be fur).
 

Kondoru

Antediluvian
Joined
Dec 5, 2003
Messages
6,399
Reaction score
1,374
Points
234
Incidentaly, Fen Tigers are not cats........
 

Kondoru

Antediluvian
Joined
Dec 5, 2003
Messages
6,399
Reaction score
1,374
Points
234
I believe they are marshmen who opposed the draining of the Fens?
 

Mikefule

Abominable Snowman
Joined
Dec 9, 2009
Messages
503
Reaction score
1,455
Points
149
Location
Lincolnshire UK
All I have to say is "These cats are small. Those cats are Far Away."
Size of a fully grown labrador dog my arse. It's a cat on quite a small shed. What exactly is the confusion?!
Standard bricks are 9" (230mm) long. That cat is a couple of bricks long, plus its tail. Quite a tall tale for such a short cat.
 

oldrover

Justified & Ancient
Joined
Oct 18, 2009
Messages
4,000
Reaction score
1,455
Points
169
Standard bricks are 9" (230mm) long. That cat is a couple of bricks long, plus its tail. Quite a tall tale for such a short cat.
About 7 1/2' for the total width of the building with 9" bricks.
 

Mikefule

Abominable Snowman
Joined
Dec 9, 2009
Messages
503
Reaction score
1,455
Points
149
Location
Lincolnshire UK
Incidentaly, Fen Tigers are not cats........
I looked it up. There was an ABC sighting that was filmed in Cambridgeshire in 1994 which was named "the Fen Tiger" by the media.

However, this name was also a reference to several historical precedents that were not cats, starting with a group who tried to prevent the draining of the fens in the 1600s. The name has been used for various local organisations or individuals, much as the fox has in Leicester or the bear in Warwickshire.

In Nottingham (where I lived at the time (1970s)) we had "the Nottingham Lion" which was a lion allegedly seen by a milkman one morning. The fact that the two stone lions outside the Council House in the Old Market Square are considered to be significant landmarks and emblematic of the city was serendipitous. Perhaps without those two statues, the milkman would have been deemed to have seen a cougar or a puma.

Make up your own joke about milkmen "seeing" cougars if you wish.
 

maximus otter

Recovering policeman
Joined
Aug 9, 2001
Messages
6,664
Reaction score
13,384
Points
309
From The Sun....

BEAST OF BOWNESS. Woman takes some of the clearest photos of a ‘wild puma’ ever seen in Britain while on her way to work.

View attachment 25494

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11449327/clearest-puma-britain-cumbria/
That stance says "dog" to me.

Also - and maybe I'm being very sceptical here - the position (conveniently camouflaged by undergrowth) and the slightly retouched look around the eye and muzzle don't reduce my doubts.

maximus otter
 

Stillill

Ephemeral Spectre
Joined
Feb 8, 2014
Messages
420
Reaction score
630
Points
99
Location
London
Another picture here. Looks like a domestic cat to me.
175C2881-F7BA-4197-9FF4-88DA9F4F2F22.jpeg
 

Min Bannister

Possessed dog
Joined
Sep 5, 2003
Messages
4,682
Reaction score
6,186
Points
234
Yes, you can't really get a sense of scale but it just looks like a kitty. I had a look at some photographs of pumas and they have a HUGE body and a tiny head. The tawny colour is the only similarity as far as I can see.
 

tuco

Spitting in a wishing well
Joined
Feb 11, 2020
Messages
540
Reaction score
2,021
Points
133
Location
south of south
The shape of the head and face is definitely domestic cat and the over developed shoulder muscles show it is a dedicated hunter, giving it the big cat look to anyone used to the shape of a normal house cat.
 

oldrover

Justified & Ancient
Joined
Oct 18, 2009
Messages
4,000
Reaction score
1,455
Points
169
I've no idea how many 'big cat' photos this brings the total to and all of them have been domestics. People report seeing big cats, but give them a camera and they show you small cats, people report thylacines, give them a camera and you get foxes, dogs, and wallabies. It's always the same.
 

Analogue Boy

The new Number 6
Joined
Aug 10, 2005
Messages
10,542
Reaction score
9,386
Points
309
A quick search on the web seems to show pumas have smaller heads in relation to their body size. The body also looks weird.... almost rock-like.
 

Lord Lucan

Justified & Ancient
Joined
Feb 17, 2017
Messages
2,743
Reaction score
7,260
Points
204
An article from a Western Australian newspaper about a documentary to air on May 5 about ABC's in Australia. The article is hyped up as you'd expect making numerous comparisons along the way to the recent 'Tiger King' series, but the show itself could be promising for Aussie viewers.

On the hunt for mysterious big cats with WA's very own tiger king

He's been referred to as Australia's very own Tiger King, but apart from his surname, Vaughan King doesn't have much in common with Joe Exotic.

The Netflix show's star and the former WA boy both have a thing for big cats and, from May 5 when King appears in a new Discovery Channel documentary, both will be on television screens.

That, though, is where any similarity ends.

"I've only seen two episodes of the show, and it gave me the weirdest nightmares," King said.

"The guy's a crazy cat, but people can call me whatever they want. It's quite funny."

King, who grew up in Perth's southern suburbs before heading east to work with Steve Irwin at Australia Zoo, stars in The Hunt: In Search of Australia's Big Cats which debuts next week.

And while he won't give too much away, the professional big cat handler and researcher said the show was "compelling", and included footage of mysterious sightings collected from around the country, including Western Australia.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/aust...ry-own-tiger-king/ar-BB13rtAI?ocid=spartandhp
 

Eponastill

Abominable Snowman
Joined
Aug 2, 2002
Messages
874
Reaction score
1,362
Points
164
Location
generally on the fringes
Watching 'Tiger King' has maybe been playing on imaginations in Kent. A classic case of mistaken ABC identity. (They even got a helicopter out. No expense spared).
Armed police and a helicopter were scouring the Kent countryside for a big cat on the loose following a call from a member of the public, only to find a model tiger made of chicken wire and resin in the woodland of an 85-year-old sculptor. Juliet Simpson, who made the lifesize sculpture 20 years ago, was first alerted to the situation when a neighbour rang saying police were following up reports of a wild cat near her house in the village of Underriver.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/02/armed-police-called-out-to-catch-model-tigerThe police said they liked the model and thought it very lifelike, apparently :)
 
Top