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
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Naughty_Felid

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New Zealand ABC's.

"The long-running debate over the presence of big cats in the South Island has been reignited after two new sightings.

In the most recent case, a North Canterbury possum hunter has vowed never to go in the bush alone after encountering a wild “monstrous” cat.

The mysterious animals – said to be similar to pumas or panthers – have been spotted in Canterbury, Otago and Marlborough for more than 50 years."




https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/12...-cat-sightings-the-latest-in-a-50year-mystery
 

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I kind of laughed at the pic that is described as "a baby big cat". It looks like an adult regular cat. It has no kittenish features that all cats have when young, eg body fat pudginess and roundedness.
Also, the rifle given for perspective, domestic cats easily get to that size, as discussed earlier, especially ferals.

I agree, it's not a cub or kitten of any large cat species, it's an adult of whatever it is, and I suspect it's just a cat. I have a feeling it might be someone's pet.
 

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Also, the rifle given for perspective, domestic cats easily get to that size, as discussed earlier, especially ferals.

"It's an adult of whatever it is."
Species... 'Moggy!'
 

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So, this guy is scared to go into the woods because he encounted a cat?

What. A. Pussy.
 

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So, this guy is scared to go into the woods because he encounted a cat?

What. A. Pussy.
Depends on the size of the cat, does it not?
 

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Also, the rifle given for perspective, domestic cats easily get to that size, as discussed earlier, especially ferals.

I agree, it's not a cub or kitten of any large cat species, it's an adult of whatever it is, and I suspect it's just a cat. I have a feeling it might be someone's pet.
It's NZ so no wildcat population.

Have you any figures on size/weight of feral domesticated cats that haven't interbred with wildcats?

Not saying you are wrong but that second pic with the Lab is a big beast. Although I'd say normal - They won't shoot animals unless it's well away from a population base.
 
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It's NZ so no wildcat population.

Have you any figures on size/weight of feral domesticated cats that haven't interbred with wildcats?

Not saying you are wrong but that second pic with the Lab is a big beast. Although I'd say normal - They won't shoot animals unless it's well away from a population base.
My cat was probably born to a feral barn cat because I rescued him when he was only about 4 weeks old (he fell out of a nest and though we left him where the other cats came for food, none claimed him). He is now 19 lbs., possibly 2 1/2 feet long fully stretched out. If he were feral, you wouldn't want to take him on.
 

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It's NZ so no wildcat population.

Have you any figures on size/weight of feral domesticated cats that haven't interbred with wildcats?

Not saying you are wrong but that second pic with the Lab is a big beast. Although I'd say normal - They won't shoot animals unless it's well away from a population base.
I believe in New Zealand, the official size classification for feral cats is "The size of a horse!"

One for the fans of old New Zealand newspaper comic strips.
 
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