posted on Aug, 24 2012 @ 03:07 AM
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
reply to post by 74Templar
Do you mean the tip of the tail curled up a bit? I'm not sure what you mean by the tail folding over. But from it's behavior it sounds like a
cougar. Cougars run when they see people. WOnder what it was doing so close to the house.
You mentioned the sheep stay in a paddock and that they were trying to avoid the animal by staying far from the house. Have you had any livestock
that has been killed by a large predator in the past. Surprised the cat hasn't gone for one of them yet.
But man. 5 Meters away is within striking range of that cat. It could have easily pounced on you if it was inclined. Like I said they generally
stay away from people. The fact that you two had a run in could have scared it away from your house in general.
If you see a domestic cat running fast the tail tends to bend into a curl, like an "n" I don't know if that makes sense but it was one thing I
remember as it took off at high speed. I do remember the tail was huge though, really long and like a snake.
I think it was having a drink, it was near our water tanks when I spotted it, and it just kind of stood there crouched for about 5-10 seconds, of
course while I was #ting bricks. I'd never seen anything like it, before or since. As for the property, my folks owned it about 20-25 years ago, we
no longer own it.
I did ask some of the local farmers about it afterwards, and they all said they had seen it around, and it definetely wasn't a feral cat, though I
did see some livestock kills, mainly sheep, along with foxes and rabbits, but that could be attested to a lot of wild animals here, and even to feral
dogs. But as to what caused it, I really couldn't say, it could have been any number of things. I just recall that night the sheep were nowhere near
the house, which was odd considering the flock usually stayed just on the other side of the fence near the house at night in a large group.
After that one encounter I never saw it again, but didn't dare leave the house for a smoke for about two weeks just incase.