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I discovered that private menageries filled with leopards, pumas, bears and cheetahs had once been considered the ultimate accessory.
In fact, my grandparents, living near Farnham, in Surrey, in the Thirties, had bought a bear from Harrods, but found it didn’t play nicely with their toddler, my mother. The receipt, my mother remembered, read: ‘Harrods. One bear — returned.’
But many exotic pets, it seems, were not returned to the shop, but to the wild, or rather the local countryside.
Sightings of large cats in Britain have increased since the 18th century. But from 1976, when
Originally posted by LiveForever8
These stories consistently crop up which does get me thinking about whether there could be something to them. I personally have never had an experience of a wild cat sighting and I'd quite like it to stay that way.
I must say though....where are the photos? In a day and age where everyone has a camera on their phone and Google Street View is ever intrusive, where are the photos of these beasts?
1000 sightings a year but no conclusive photographic evidence? Doesn't seem right to me.
Also, is there any other evidence, e.g. animal carcasses, big cat tracks/trails etc?
Originally posted by Afterall
Cool thread. Thaks for posting this story. I have seen the specials on tv about this but they are always relegated to bigfoot type shows. I have never heard the story in the OP about Harrods selling these types of things. That is very interesting.
Originally posted by Dynamitrios
What do these cats hunt? Do they feast on the local herds of cows, sheep, etc? or are they hunting game and smaller animals?
The way big cats kill and the parts of the animal eaten give the game away - puncture wounds at the back of the neck mainly but sometimes at the front. Their powerful jaws allow them to eat areas of large muscle mass quickly and easily,