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Fears mount as big cat spotted on the prowl in Cambs

For the residents of a Cambridgeshire town, the enforcement of “Stay Home” may prove to be a lifesaver in more ways than one, especially with a big cat on the loose.

By Nick Whittle , 15 Apr 2020

Last seen on Saturday April 11th, the large - and currently unidentified cat - was spotted prowling the empty car parks and sunny roof tops of rural Cambridgeshire. A nameless local resident told The Sun he has in the past seen the large cat roaming the area. On Saturday he managed to take some pictures of it.

Going by the size of the beast, some fear the mythical Fen Tiger has returned, and is on the lookout for a meal.

 

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The legend of the Fen Tiger

So the legend goes, the Fen Tiger has been prowling the Cambridgeshire countryside for near-on 30 years, and has been spotted numerous times.

This most recent sighting - of what is thought to be the Fen Tiger - was on Coldham's Lane on the outskirts of Cambridge.

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The anonymous photographer also told reporters he believed initially the cat to be Felis silvestris, although his ‘colleagues at the university’ could not confirm the species.

The cat is estimated to be about the size of a Labrador dog.

Writes The Sun, last year a wildlife expert warned of the rise of the Puma in the English countryside, and claimed there could be as many as 240 living wild. That being said, Pumas are known to prefer an avoidance of humans rather than a confrontation, and are extremely unlikely to attack someone for no reason.