Experts say a teenager's snaps of what appears to be a large cat could indicate they are breeding. Henry Warren, 19, was taking pictures in fields when the huge cat-like creature leapt out in front of him. The sighting took place a few miles from remote Bodmin Moor, where the famous beast is said to roam. There has been speculation the animal in the images could be the mythical 'Beast of Bodmin'. The student managed to rattle off several frames before the animal disappeared into undergrowth and has since reported the incident to the Plymouth-based British Big Cat Society. Britain's most famous big cat was first spotted in 1983 and there have been over 60 recorded sightings since. There have been sightings on Exmoor, Dartmoor and several other rural locations. It was declared a phantom in 1995 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food but Henry thinks they're wrong. Henry, of near Gwinear, west Cornwall, said: "I was taking pictures of our new house when I saw something run across the field and in front of my lens. "It was absolutely massive and was hoping up and down like a large cat. There's no way it could have been fox, a dog or anything else like that. "It ran around 60 metres in just a few seconds and was leaping in the air with its front two legs first. "I did some research after and thought it may be linked to the Beast of Bodmin - it certainly looks like a big cat."
originally posted by: Frocharocha
It looks like a Kangooro to me. But i really doubt it is.
(/ˈθaɪləsiːn/ THY-lə-seen, or /ˈθaɪləsaɪn/ THY-lə-syn, also /ˈθaɪləsɨn/; binomial name: Thylacinus cynocephalus, Greek for "dog-headed pouched one")
was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped back) or the Tasmanian wolf. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it is thought to have become extinct in the 20th century.
It was the last extant member of its family, Thylacinidae; specimens of other members of the family have been found in the fossil record dating back to the early Miocene. The thylacine had become extremely rare or extinct on the Australian mainland before British settlement of the continent, but it survived on the island of Tasmania along with several other endemic species, including the Tasmanian devil.
Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties is generally blamed for its extinction, but other contributing factors may have been disease, the introduction of dogs, and human encroachment into its habitat. Despite its official classification as extinct, sightings are still reported, though none have been conclusively proven.
originally posted by: sincerelyme
Long thought the sightings of 'big cats' in the UK were probably escaped exotic 'pets'. Who knows what all the rich folks have bought to keep on their estates, which subsequently escaped or were released into the wild. Anything is possible. Highly unlikely to be an unknown native species. Highly likely to be an assortment of exotic escapees. The one in the OP's photo looks too dark and richly colored, with a too long and prominent neck/head to be a mountain lion (Puma concolor). Couldn't the photographer walk out to where this animal was and look for tracks? Tracks would sure help with ID.