Shropshire Star

Panther mystery: Another reported sighting on Telford streets

Another sighting of a mysterious 'black panther' roaming the streets in Telford has been reported.


It is the third claim of a big cat on the loose in the area since March - although none has been backed up by photographs.

A woman, who did not want to be named, said the creature was "pure black" and larger than a normal cat.

She said: " I'm sure I saw the black panther on Wednesday morning as I was taking my daughter to school around 8.45am.

"As we walked up towards the school through Blakemore it came running out the bush, it made me jump. It was pure black in colour, quite big like dog size in height.

"As it ran out the bush it bounced/pounced off the ground I heard its feet bang off the ground as it ran past me and my daughter. It's tail was quite thick and long compared to a normal cat.

"As I described to my husband what I had seen he suggested it might be black panther."

In May, a big cat was been spotted in Telford climbing a fence in a garden - and people who saw the animal claim it could be a panther.

Connor Leivers and a friend said they were walking back from Muxton to Donnington when they spotted an unusually large jet black cat with glowing eyes.

Police appealed for information after receiving reports a "large black panther" was seen wandering around a housing estate in Telford in July.

It comes after the Shropshire Star revealed that there were 14 reported sightings to Dyfed-Powys Police in the past five years. And numerous claims of seeing big cats in Shropshire, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

From large paw prints in the snow to a lamb mauled by a "panther" and a "puma" in a field, alleged sightings have taken place in Telford, Oswestry, Meifod and Llanidloes.

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