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FroOOOOOtshoOOOOOOts Thu 13-Oct-11 10:04:53

actually I'm not sure what it was!

As I tried to gather my thoughts and my spaniel from where i was stood It looked like a mutant longhaired tortoiseshell fox!

It was larger than a cat, smaller than my springer. It did look like a cat. (So much so that I phoned dh to check it wasn't our Persian come out to tease the dogs. )
But it was too big to be a cat and too dark brown and fluffy to be a fox. What could it have been?

tabulahrasa Thu 13-Oct-11 10:17:26

a big cat? I mean a big domestic cat, not like a puma or anything, get some pretty mahoosive cats

FroOOOOOtshoOOOOOOts Thu 13-Oct-11 10:22:01

grin at big cat!

Like the beast of Bodmin but the mutant cat of Cambridgeshire! (I'm actually in Suffolk but that didn't go so well!)

chickchickchicken Thu 13-Oct-11 13:27:58


could it have been a fox though? we passed a fox the other day that was just casually strolling through the woods in broad daylight.

luckily hunter hmm jrt didnt see it despite being off lead next to me

OldBagWantsNewBag Thu 13-Oct-11 15:03:08

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ExitPursuedByaBear Thu 13-Oct-11 15:08:17

Maine Coon cats are quite large I believe.

cjbk1 Thu 13-Oct-11 16:06:47

The panshanger puma?

KatharineClifton Thu 13-Oct-11 20:58:42

A badger in disguise?

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 13-Oct-11 21:17:02

Could have been a ocelot or other medium large foriegn species that got released years ago and has been breeding with local cats.

We have a black leopard near us.

FroOOOOOtshoOOOOOOts Thu 13-Oct-11 23:21:54

Only just come back to this thread grin at badger in disguise!

Maybe it was a Maine Coon.
A Scottish Wild cat in Suffolk? Do they come this far, I thought they were tabby.

A panshanger puma? I googled it but it just gave pictures of a football team and it definitely wasn't wearing a football kit.

I think it will forever remain a mystery. But I shall keep my camera at the ready for the next few dog walks just in case!

FroOOOOOtshoOOOOOOts Thu 13-Oct-11 23:23:02

It was fluffier than an Ocelot but could have been a Persian Ocelot grin

KatharineClifton Thu 13-Oct-11 23:28:59

Definitely a badger in disguise as a Persian Ocelot smile

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 14-Oct-11 10:28:58

Badgers have to be in disguise now they know a cull is on the cards.

MummyDoIt Fri 14-Oct-11 10:33:25

Maine Coon cat, definitely. They are very fluffy and enormous! My in-laws have five and the biggest of theirs is easily as big as a fox.

KatharineClifton Fri 14-Oct-11 11:47:33

That's right Fluffycloud! I saw one the other day in disguise as my son.

FroOOOOOtshoOOOOOOts Fri 14-Oct-11 12:10:47

you saw a badger disguised as your son?

Where did it get the costume from?

KatharineClifton Fri 14-Oct-11 12:31:29

From his bedroom obviously.

(I fear I have started down a path which I cannot keep up so will retire now. It was funny at the time.)

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