'Panther' sighted by M40

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File picture: Is a panther or big cat living in the wild in Bucks?

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A CREATURE resembling a black panther has been spotted by the M40 near Stokenchurch.

The sighting has been reported by electrician Chris Newton, who told the Bucks Free Press he has now spotted a big cat there for the second time in a year.

The 48 year-old is convinced the animal he saw is a black panther.

He only told his wife about the first sighting, which occurred last year.

But his mind was made up to go public after his second astonishing encounter in November and having also discovered other people had witnessed similar creatures in the area.

Mr Newton, from Bournemouth, regularly drives through the Bucks stretch of the M40.

He said: “About a year or so ago at about 1am I spotted what I thought was a black bin bag on the hard shoulder, as I got closer it moved.

“As it moved I only caught a glimpse in the side mirror, but what I saw put a shiver through my spine.

“It was a very large black cat. I could see it also had a thick long tail.

“I knew straight away that I had just seen a black panther. There is no way that this was a large domestic cat.”

He said: “Then about two weeks ago, at around the same time in the morning, I was on the same stretch of road.

“As I drove past junction 5 for Stokenchurch, I again spotted a large black cat this time I could see it side on. And again I am in no doubt at all that this was a black panther. It was half way across the junction, looking at me as if I had startled it and it stood still.”

He decided to research big cats and discovered via the BFP website that there have been other sightings through the years of such creatures.

There was a notorious case in the Stokenchurch area in 1983 which made the headlines as armed police became involved in a search.

Earlier this year Beast of Bucks expert Paul Nicolaides said he is convinced there are a number of puma or leopard like creatures living in Bucks and surrounding areas.

Mr Nicolaides, who has been following sightings of big cats in Buckinghamshire for years, has stealth cameras positioned in different parts of the county, including Stokenchurch and Bledlow Ridge.

Conclusive evidence of a big cat living in the wild in Buckinghamshire has been elusive for those who have tried to find it but there have been numerous eye witness reports, Mr Newton's being the latest.

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10:33am Sun 16 Dec 12

banknote says...

Just keep taking the tablets, Mr Newton !
Just keep taking the tablets, Mr Newton ! banknote
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10:54am Sun 16 Dec 12

Marmite XO says...

Let's hope he wasn't drunk as he was driving a car.
Let's hope he wasn't drunk as he was driving a car. Marmite XO
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2:04pm Sun 16 Dec 12

BOOKERite says...

I would have thought that if these animals exist there would have been some photographic evidence, I can't see that they would be so elusive as they would regularly need to feed and where better than near houses where there are plenty of domestic animals to eat.

I think that Chris Newton honestly thinks that he saw a black panther, but I think it could possibly be an oversize moggy!
I would have thought that if these animals exist there would have been some photographic evidence, I can't see that they would be so elusive as they would regularly need to feed and where better than near houses where there are plenty of domestic animals to eat. I think that Chris Newton honestly thinks that he saw a black panther, but I think it could possibly be an oversize moggy! BOOKERite
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3:33pm Sun 16 Dec 12

piran says...

It's Ivor searching for a story or was it the truth?
It's Ivor searching for a story or was it the truth? piran
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4:04pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Steveo68 says...

Was riding by mountain bike,about two years ago,near Ibstone.
Was with a group,we got ahead of them,whilst riding down a quiet country road,a large cat bigger than a Labrador,bounded across the road,then up into the hedgerow,the other side of the road.
I'm positive they are out there,plenty of food like pheasants and rabbits to prey on.
Was riding by mountain bike,about two years ago,near Ibstone. Was with a group,we got ahead of them,whilst riding down a quiet country road,a large cat bigger than a Labrador,bounded across the road,then up into the hedgerow,the other side of the road. I'm positive they are out there,plenty of food like pheasants and rabbits to prey on. Steveo68
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4:29pm Sun 16 Dec 12

sidthesexist says...

People have been talking of a big black cat around the Stokenchurch area for over 25 years that i know of. At the time the rumor going round was that it had been imported by one of the getty's and escaped. Obviously this was never proven..
People have been talking of a big black cat around the Stokenchurch area for over 25 years that i know of. At the time the rumor going round was that it had been imported by one of the getty's and escaped. Obviously this was never proven.. sidthesexist
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4:43pm Sun 16 Dec 12

mumof2 says...

I too saw one 4 years ago last June in the lane by Longborough Hall in Stokenchurch. It was the middle of the day and I was stone cold sober. So I believe him!
I too saw one 4 years ago last June in the lane by Longborough Hall in Stokenchurch. It was the middle of the day and I was stone cold sober. So I believe him! mumof2
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5:44pm Sun 16 Dec 12

J B Blackett says...

Marmite XO wrote:
Let's hope he wasn't drunk as he was driving a car.
I hope so too.
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There's nothing more dangerous than a drunken black panther driving a car all over the place.
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[quote][p][bold]Marmite XO[/bold] wrote: Let's hope he wasn't drunk as he was driving a car.[/p][/quote]I hope so too. . There's nothing more dangerous than a drunken black panther driving a car all over the place. . J B Blackett
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7:44pm Sun 16 Dec 12

HASAN786 says...

i believe him never sighted one my self but have spoken to someone who spotted one in Stokenchurch .
Plus there are so many sightings not every is gonna be drunk or something .
i believe him never sighted one my self but have spoken to someone who spotted one in Stokenchurch . Plus there are so many sightings not every is gonna be drunk or something . HASAN786
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8:20pm Sun 16 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

Steveo68 wrote:
Was riding by mountain bike,about two years ago,near Ibstone.
Was with a group,we got ahead of them,whilst riding down a quiet country road,a large cat bigger than a Labrador,bounded across the road,then up into the hedgerow,the other side of the road.
I'm positive they are out there,plenty of food like pheasants and rabbits to prey on.
Then why are there never any roadkill beasts of Bucks?
[quote][p][bold]Steveo68[/bold] wrote: Was riding by mountain bike,about two years ago,near Ibstone. Was with a group,we got ahead of them,whilst riding down a quiet country road,a large cat bigger than a Labrador,bounded across the road,then up into the hedgerow,the other side of the road. I'm positive they are out there,plenty of food like pheasants and rabbits to prey on.[/p][/quote]Then why are there never any roadkill beasts of Bucks? ImpeturbableLawrence
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9:34pm Sun 16 Dec 12

J B Blackett says...

They are black - so are difficult to pick out on dark British road surfaces ; particularly when squashed.
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Similarly with crows , blackbirds , Newfoundland dogs , Tasmanian Devils , gorillas , water buffaloes , black swans , black bears etc , even King penguins (on their stomachs) . All reported in this area but never any hard evidence provided.
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All these animals will provide similarly characteristic road kill all around the Chilterns but are very difficult to spot when they are flattened against the road surfaces.
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There is always a logical reason for these things.
They are black - so are difficult to pick out on dark British road surfaces ; particularly when squashed. . Similarly with crows , blackbirds , Newfoundland dogs , Tasmanian Devils , gorillas , water buffaloes , black swans , black bears etc , even King penguins (on their stomachs) . All reported in this area but never any hard evidence provided. . All these animals will provide similarly characteristic road kill all around the Chilterns but are very difficult to spot when they are flattened against the road surfaces. . There is always a logical reason for these things. J B Blackett
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11:43pm Sun 16 Dec 12

piran says...

and I thought it was just a big black cat when I fed it in my garden......
and I thought it was just a big black cat when I fed it in my garden...... piran
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1:29am Mon 17 Dec 12

stevet123 says...

funny last year august summers evening i saw loch ness sister swiming towards henley from marlow
funny last year august summers evening i saw loch ness sister swiming towards henley from marlow stevet123
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7:51am Mon 17 Dec 12

Wycid says...

This sounds a lot like the "lion" that was spotted in Essex earlier in the year, it turned out to be a normal housecat. The people that make these sightings need to give up the crack, nutters
This sounds a lot like the "lion" that was spotted in Essex earlier in the year, it turned out to be a normal housecat. The people that make these sightings need to give up the crack, nutters Wycid
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2:16pm Mon 17 Dec 12

J B Blackett says...

This all could be explained by some folk wearing too powerful spectacles.
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A similar distortion happens to some anglers too.
This all could be explained by some folk wearing too powerful spectacles. . A similar distortion happens to some anglers too. J B Blackett
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5:04pm Mon 17 Dec 12

stokie says...

It's a real pity no one gets the facts right - there is no such thing as a Panther - it the collective name for all big cats!

Panthera leo - Lion
Panthera tigris - Tiger

it would have been a Leopard or a Jaguar - if it exists at all.
It's a real pity no one gets the facts right - there is no such thing as a Panther - it the collective name for all big cats! Panthera leo - Lion Panthera tigris - Tiger it would have been a Leopard or a Jaguar - if it exists at all. stokie
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5:59pm Mon 17 Dec 12

J B Blackett says...

Perhaps it's some animal pretending to be a panther.
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A cheater perhaps ? There's lots of those around. Especially in politics , banking and English football
Perhaps it's some animal pretending to be a panther. . A cheater perhaps ? There's lots of those around. Especially in politics , banking and English football J B Blackett
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6:15pm Mon 17 Dec 12

stevet123 says...

J B Blackett wrote:
Perhaps it's some animal pretending to be a panther.
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A cheater perhaps ? There's lots of those around. Especially in politics , banking and English football
Could have been david cameron dressed in black on his way to Witney oxford for meeting with his electors
[quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it's some animal pretending to be a panther. . A cheater perhaps ? There's lots of those around. Especially in politics , banking and English football[/p][/quote]Could have been david cameron dressed in black on his way to Witney oxford for meeting with his electors stevet123
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7:46pm Mon 17 Dec 12

outofthebox says...

God bless you Mr Newton! i saw santa last night!
God bless you Mr Newton! i saw santa last night! outofthebox
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9:34pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

J B Blackett wrote:
They are black - so are difficult to pick out on dark British road surfaces ; particularly when squashed.
.
Similarly with crows , blackbirds , Newfoundland dogs , Tasmanian Devils , gorillas , water buffaloes , black swans , black bears etc , even King penguins (on their stomachs) . All reported in this area but never any hard evidence provided.
.
All these animals will provide similarly characteristic road kill all around the Chilterns but are very difficult to spot when they are flattened against the road surfaces.
.
There is always a logical reason for these things.
Oh yeah!
[quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: They are black - so are difficult to pick out on dark British road surfaces ; particularly when squashed. . Similarly with crows , blackbirds , Newfoundland dogs , Tasmanian Devils , gorillas , water buffaloes , black swans , black bears etc , even King penguins (on their stomachs) . All reported in this area but never any hard evidence provided. . All these animals will provide similarly characteristic road kill all around the Chilterns but are very difficult to spot when they are flattened against the road surfaces. . There is always a logical reason for these things.[/p][/quote]Oh yeah! ImpeturbableLawrence
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9:35pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

'... Beast of Bucks expert Paul Nicolaides'

Lawrence shakes his head and sighs.
'... Beast of Bucks expert Paul Nicolaides' Lawrence shakes his head and sighs. ImpeturbableLawrence
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9:37pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

'Conclusive evidence of a big cat living in the wild in Buckinghamshire has been elusive for those who have tried to find it'

Not 'elusive' - non-existent.
'Conclusive evidence of a big cat living in the wild in Buckinghamshire has been elusive for those who have tried to find it' Not 'elusive' - non-existent. ImpeturbableLawrence
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9:38pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

HASAN786 wrote:
i believe him never sighted one my self but have spoken to someone who spotted one in Stokenchurch .
Plus there are so many sightings not every is gonna be drunk or something .
Why not?
[quote][p][bold]HASAN786[/bold] wrote: i believe him never sighted one my self but have spoken to someone who spotted one in Stokenchurch . Plus there are so many sightings not every is gonna be drunk or something .[/p][/quote]Why not? ImpeturbableLawrence
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9:39pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

sidthesexist wrote:
People have been talking of a big black cat around the Stokenchurch area for over 25 years that i know of. At the time the rumor going round was that it had been imported by one of the getty's and escaped. Obviously this was never proven..
Obviously.
[quote][p][bold]sidthesexist[/bold] wrote: People have been talking of a big black cat around the Stokenchurch area for over 25 years that i know of. At the time the rumor going round was that it had been imported by one of the getty's and escaped. Obviously this was never proven..[/p][/quote]Obviously. ImpeturbableLawrence
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9:47pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

stevet123 wrote:
funny last year august summers evening i saw loch ness sister swiming towards henley from marlow
I have seen this too and a number of my neighbours over the years although we actually live in a part of Buckinghamshire some distance away from the Thames Valley and from which Loch Ness is not visible.

I think if we mention Nessie's sister every time the Beast of Bucks (the feline one not ivor) appears on the pages of this journal then researchers should soon be able to discover '... via the BFP website that there have been other sightings through the years of such creatures'.

BTW in future I would like to be referred to as 'Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert Lawrence' and not just Lawrence.
[quote][p][bold]stevet123[/bold] wrote: funny last year august summers evening i saw loch ness sister swiming towards henley from marlow[/p][/quote]I have seen this too and a number of my neighbours over the years although we actually live in a part of Buckinghamshire some distance away from the Thames Valley and from which Loch Ness is not visible. I think if we mention Nessie's sister every time the Beast of Bucks (the feline one not ivor) appears on the pages of this journal then researchers should soon be able to discover '... via the BFP website that there have been other sightings through the years of such creatures'. BTW in future I would like to be referred to as 'Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert Lawrence' and not just Lawrence. ImpeturbableLawrence
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9:47pm Mon 17 Dec 12

piran says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
sidthesexist wrote:
People have been talking of a big black cat around the Stokenchurch area for over 25 years that i know of. At the time the rumor going round was that it had been imported by one of the getty's and escaped. Obviously this was never proven..
Obviously.
OK I admit it. I am the Getty Black Panther and the clever Bucks Free Press has unmasked me. I often drink in the Kings but love the old sandwiches thrown out on the M40.
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sidthesexist[/bold] wrote: People have been talking of a big black cat around the Stokenchurch area for over 25 years that i know of. At the time the rumor going round was that it had been imported by one of the getty's and escaped. Obviously this was never proven..[/p][/quote]Obviously.[/p][/quote]OK I admit it. I am the Getty Black Panther and the clever Bucks Free Press has unmasked me. I often drink in the Kings but love the old sandwiches thrown out on the M40. piran
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9:55pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

.

I have put a stealth camera in my garden and on more than one occasion I have seen a gigantic amphibian in next door's garden.


Although some people claim it is 'Hubert' - next door's Weimaraner I remain convinced there IS a gigantic amphibian that roams around Wooburn Green after dark while I am in bed and that these sightings cannot be the result merely of et cetera.

Yours sincerely

Lawrence

Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert.
. I have put a stealth camera in my garden and on more than one occasion I have seen a gigantic amphibian in next door's garden. Although some people claim it is 'Hubert' - next door's Weimaraner I remain convinced there IS a gigantic amphibian that roams around Wooburn Green after dark while I am in bed and that these sightings cannot be the result merely of et cetera. Yours sincerely Lawrence Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert. ImpeturbableLawrence
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10:05pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

piran wrote:
ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
sidthesexist wrote:
People have been talking of a big black cat around the Stokenchurch area for over 25 years that i know of. At the time the rumor going round was that it had been imported by one of the getty's and escaped. Obviously this was never proven..
Obviously.
OK I admit it. I am the Getty Black Panther and the clever Bucks Free Press has unmasked me. I often drink in the Kings but love the old sandwiches thrown out on the M40.
Ha! The indefatigable investigative journalists of the Bucks Free Press have laid bare the facts once again!

This reminds me of a film I saw at Aylesbury in 1976 entitled "All The Presidents Men" ... or was it 'The Front Page'? Either way it was about hard-bitten newsmen who never lost sight of the facts in their crusade to enlighten their readers and that is why I say to the reporters of the BFP that you follow a great tradition and:

Congratulations from

Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert

Lawrence'
[quote][p][bold]piran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sidthesexist[/bold] wrote: People have been talking of a big black cat around the Stokenchurch area for over 25 years that i know of. At the time the rumor going round was that it had been imported by one of the getty's and escaped. Obviously this was never proven..[/p][/quote]Obviously.[/p][/quote]OK I admit it. I am the Getty Black Panther and the clever Bucks Free Press has unmasked me. I often drink in the Kings but love the old sandwiches thrown out on the M40.[/p][/quote]Ha! The indefatigable investigative journalists of the Bucks Free Press have laid bare the facts once again! This reminds me of a film I saw at Aylesbury in 1976 entitled "All The Presidents Men" ... or was it 'The Front Page'? Either way it was about hard-bitten newsmen who never lost sight of the facts in their crusade to enlighten their readers and that is why I say to the reporters of the BFP that you follow a great tradition and: Congratulations from Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert Lawrence' ImpeturbableLawrence
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10:21pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

I have just googled it and the film was 'The Front Page' - I suggest a remake with Adolphe Menjou as Steve Cohen, Edward Everett Horton as ivor, Jim Dale as the eccentric but brilliant British meteorological correspondent and Mary Brian as Rebecca Cain.
I have just googled it and the film was 'The Front Page' - I suggest a remake with Adolphe Menjou as Steve Cohen, Edward Everett Horton as ivor, Jim Dale as the eccentric but brilliant British meteorological correspondent and Mary Brian as Rebecca Cain. ImpeturbableLawrence
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10:25pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

I know you are all as interested in this as I am so check out:

http://www.imdb.com/
title/tt0021890/full
credits#cast
I know you are all as interested in this as I am so check out: http://www.imdb.com/ title/tt0021890/full credits#cast ImpeturbableLawrence
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10:27pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

(I forgot to sign that post:

Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert

Lawrence'

This was an oversight - I still am an expert on the subject.)
(I forgot to sign that post: Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert Lawrence' This was an oversight - I still am an expert on the subject.) ImpeturbableLawrence
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10:05am Tue 18 Dec 12

Me, just me says...

I saw what i thought was a black panther in the woods when i was a kid...i was drunk though and off my face on skittles
I saw what i thought was a black panther in the woods when i was a kid...i was drunk though and off my face on skittles Me, just me
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11:01am Tue 18 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

Excuse my ignorance but what is/are skittles?
Excuse my ignorance but what is/are skittles? ImpeturbableLawrence
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12:29pm Tue 18 Dec 12

kerlmann says...

To all the sceptics and naysayers out there - I've no specific evidence one way or the other on this, but the notion that a large cat may have escaped and is surviving in the wild is not that far-fetched.

Wild wallabies in Derbyshire (escaped from a lorry) and Muntjac deer throughout Southern England (escaped from Woburn Abbey) are two good examples of how animals can adapt to survive in non-native habitats. There could well be one or more large cats on the prowl in the Chilterns, although it's perhaps surprising that farmers haven't discovered more damage to livestock if they are out there.
To all the sceptics and naysayers out there - I've no specific evidence one way or the other on this, but the notion that a large cat may have escaped and is surviving in the wild is not that far-fetched. Wild wallabies in Derbyshire (escaped from a lorry) and Muntjac deer throughout Southern England (escaped from Woburn Abbey) are two good examples of how animals can adapt to survive in non-native habitats. There could well be one or more large cats on the prowl in the Chilterns, although it's perhaps surprising that farmers haven't discovered more damage to livestock if they are out there. kerlmann
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12:29pm Tue 18 Dec 12

kerlmann says...

To all the sceptics and naysayers out there - I've no specific evidence one way or the other on this, but the notion that a large cat may have escaped and is surviving in the wild is not that far-fetched.

Wild wallabies in Derbyshire (escaped from a lorry) and Muntjac deer throughout Southern England (escaped from Woburn Abbey) are two good examples of how animals can adapt to survive in non-native habitats. There could well be one or more large cats on the prowl in the Chilterns, although it's perhaps surprising that farmers haven't discovered more damage to livestock if they are out there.
To all the sceptics and naysayers out there - I've no specific evidence one way or the other on this, but the notion that a large cat may have escaped and is surviving in the wild is not that far-fetched. Wild wallabies in Derbyshire (escaped from a lorry) and Muntjac deer throughout Southern England (escaped from Woburn Abbey) are two good examples of how animals can adapt to survive in non-native habitats. There could well be one or more large cats on the prowl in the Chilterns, although it's perhaps surprising that farmers haven't discovered more damage to livestock if they are out there. kerlmann
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12:53pm Tue 18 Dec 12

stokie says...

exactly ! a cat that size would make a kill per week and they don't do the washing up and putting away :-)
exactly ! a cat that size would make a kill per week and they don't do the washing up and putting away :-) stokie
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1:45pm Tue 18 Dec 12

shandee says...

mr newton.......your lion !.....oops sorry lying
mr newton.......your lion !.....oops sorry lying shandee
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3:13pm Tue 18 Dec 12

J B Blackett says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
Excuse my ignorance but what is/are skittles?
If you were hit on the head with one (especially a big orange one) , you would certainly know about it and be off your face.
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Probably for weeks.
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: Excuse my ignorance but what is/are skittles?[/p][/quote]If you were hit on the head with one (especially a big orange one) , you would certainly know about it and be off your face. . Probably for weeks. J B Blackett
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4:10pm Tue 18 Dec 12

J B Blackett says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
stevet123 wrote:
funny last year august summers evening i saw loch ness sister swiming towards henley from marlow
I have seen this too and a number of my neighbours over the years although we actually live in a part of Buckinghamshire some distance away from the Thames Valley and from which Loch Ness is not visible.

I think if we mention Nessie's sister every time the Beast of Bucks (the feline one not ivor) appears on the pages of this journal then researchers should soon be able to discover '... via the BFP website that there have been other sightings through the years of such creatures'.

BTW in future I would like to be referred to as 'Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert Lawrence' and not just Lawrence.
For those sceptics around here , there was definitely a 'Loch Ness' type serpent to be seen about 12 years ago just east of West Wycombe village.
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It was quite visible swimming about in the flooded bottom field directly below the Dashwood Mausoleum opposite the orangey-painted lodge estate house near The Pedestal where and when the Saunderton swollen stream on its way to join the Wye/Thames actually stopped the A40 traffic after very heavy rainstorms
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It was there several days and hundreds of people saw it , but it disappeared just as mysteriously as it appeared and has sadly never returned.
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Nature is strange and sometimes reacts in unexpected ways. We need more magical serpents and mystical monsters in this material world of ours ,
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What we don't want or need are all those venomous dangerous reptiles lurking about in the corridors of Parliament. They are not even edible and are no use to anybody for anything whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevet123[/bold] wrote: funny last year august summers evening i saw loch ness sister swiming towards henley from marlow[/p][/quote]I have seen this too and a number of my neighbours over the years although we actually live in a part of Buckinghamshire some distance away from the Thames Valley and from which Loch Ness is not visible. I think if we mention Nessie's sister every time the Beast of Bucks (the feline one not ivor) appears on the pages of this journal then researchers should soon be able to discover '... via the BFP website that there have been other sightings through the years of such creatures'. BTW in future I would like to be referred to as 'Loch Ness Monster of Bucks Expert Lawrence' and not just Lawrence.[/p][/quote]For those sceptics around here , there was definitely a 'Loch Ness' type serpent to be seen about 12 years ago just east of West Wycombe village. . It was quite visible swimming about in the flooded bottom field directly below the Dashwood Mausoleum opposite the orangey-painted lodge estate house near The Pedestal where and when the Saunderton swollen stream on its way to join the Wye/Thames actually stopped the A40 traffic after very heavy rainstorms . It was there several days and hundreds of people saw it , but it disappeared just as mysteriously as it appeared and has sadly never returned. . Nature is strange and sometimes reacts in unexpected ways. We need more magical serpents and mystical monsters in this material world of ours , . What we don't want or need are all those venomous dangerous reptiles lurking about in the corridors of Parliament. They are not even edible and are no use to anybody for anything whatsoever. J B Blackett
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4:32pm Tue 18 Dec 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

kerlmann wrote:
To all the sceptics and naysayers out there - I've no specific evidence one way or the other on this, but the notion that a large cat may have escaped and is surviving in the wild is not that far-fetched.

Wild wallabies in Derbyshire (escaped from a lorry) and Muntjac deer throughout Southern England (escaped from Woburn Abbey) are two good examples of how animals can adapt to survive in non-native habitats. There could well be one or more large cats on the prowl in the Chilterns, although it's perhaps surprising that farmers haven't discovered more damage to livestock if they are out there.
I once butchered and put in the freezer a dead Muntjac and all the badgers I have definitely seen so far have been dead ones and quite a few dead cats but I have never yet seen a roadkill big cat.
[quote][p][bold]kerlmann[/bold] wrote: To all the sceptics and naysayers out there - I've no specific evidence one way or the other on this, but the notion that a large cat may have escaped and is surviving in the wild is not that far-fetched. Wild wallabies in Derbyshire (escaped from a lorry) and Muntjac deer throughout Southern England (escaped from Woburn Abbey) are two good examples of how animals can adapt to survive in non-native habitats. There could well be one or more large cats on the prowl in the Chilterns, although it's perhaps surprising that farmers haven't discovered more damage to livestock if they are out there.[/p][/quote]I once butchered and put in the freezer a dead Muntjac and all the badgers I have definitely seen so far have been dead ones and quite a few dead cats but I have never yet seen a roadkill big cat. ImpeturbableLawrence
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