I live in oztralia , where none of these big cats have lived since prehistory.
I own a small yacht and was trailing it home , through some large pine forests , north of here..
As the sun set .I took a small sandy track and stopped for the night in a very remote locale , alone .
It's semi tropical here , so I left the windows down , and the rear hatchback open , and slept in the passenger seat
for the night .
Around 2 a.m I was woken by the whole car shaking , and looking back at the boat , I was amazed at a very large , panther like cat , standing over 6 feet on it's hind legs , clawing at the cooler chest in the boat that contained fish bait.
It saw me , and stopped it's activity , at which point I froze and tried to look inconspicuous .
A couple of minutes later I peered cautiously out the open passenger window , and staring straight back at me was
, yes , a black panther ! , about 3 inches away ! The window sill is over 3 feet from the ground , and it was on all fours.
I stayed calm , and waited till dawn .
I exited the vehicle and watched it stroll away into the distance .
So yes , they are around , even here , .... and they must be breeding , it was only a young cat.
I left the bait , (sardines ) , and took my leave .
Some say , escaped circus animals , some say army mascots , most say OMG !!!!
edit on 4-10-2012 by radarloveguy because: furreal