An Alien big cat!
my particular enthusiasms is an interest in wildlife: in particular, birds.
There was a time when my birding friends and I thought little of a two
or three hour journey through the narrow roads of Eastern England in the
hope of adding a new species to the burgeoning lists of birds we had seen!
A sudden movement
in the darkness under a nearby hedgerow caught my attention: I screwed
up my eyes and tried to make something of the large, dark shape that moved
sinuously towards the caravan. Our driver was forced to stop at a junction
at this point: I was astonished to see the shape emerge into the full
glare of the afternoon sun and resolve itself into the unmistakable form
of a stalking lioness!!!!
|The above took place in 1993:
a LOT of water has flowed under a lot of bridges since those days....
I am now married to one of my fellow 'twitchers' and we live happily (if
frugally!) in a small Broadland village! Recently my wife Linda and I were
driving home from Norwich along a narrow back road: we were forced to slow
down in order to negotiate a level crossing. As is my habit, I looked right,
then left just in case a train was approaching. To my total amazement not
more than 150m to my left I saw a large black cat loping across the track
from one bank of thick vegetation to another!
This is NOT a photograph of my sighting, but it is identical in all important respects! I would say that the cat was somewhat larger than a Labrador, and moved with its tail held stiffly behind it, as in the photo.......
|This Summer (what there has
been of it!) saw my wife and I driving through the night down to the West
Country, via the somewhat slower but infinitely more interesting A303.
Just as we were approaching the ancient landmark of Stonehenge, through a tree-lined section of
dual carriageway, we were astonished to see another large panther-like cat on the central reservation, with its huge paws resting on the metal barrier! Having just been 'Gatso-ed', we were travelling slowly enough to enjoy good views of a third ABC!
And a recent encounter!
In October 2008, my wife
and I met up with David, a fellow rock & mineral dealer, and his charming
daughter Candy. Linda and I had spent the Summer organising a large public
event at the Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, and on the Saturday evening
had been invited out for dinner by our two friends.
Furthermore: two cars coming
from the opposite direction slowed down to allow the huge feline to lope
off through a gap in the hedge! Linda and our two chums were almost spechless
with amazement: we all confirmed that we had seen the beast, and discussed
it at length over dinner.