Fen tiger sightings in Huntingdonshire

SOME people may not believe in the existence of the Fen Tiger – and they may well be right – but one wildlife expert is adamant she has seen the beast. Susan Clarke, 62, from Upton, says she saw the Fen Tiger 18 months ago while driving to work at Abbots

SOME people may not believe in the existence of the Fen Tiger - and they may well be right - but one wildlife expert is adamant she has seen the beast.

Susan Clarke, 62, from Upton, says she saw the Fen Tiger 18 months ago while driving to work at Abbots Ripton on the A1 at about around 5am.

Mrs Clarke, who worked looked after animals at Wellingborough Zoo in the 1960s, said she knows her big cats and was sure she saw a panther.

"It was coming across the road in front of me and then jumped into the bushes. It was one of those moments when you see something totally out of the ordinary and it doesn't register for a second but I saw it and it was clearer than ever," said Mrs Clarke, who now works at Huntingdonshire Regional College.


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"When it leapt into the bush it looked like the leaping jaguar emblem on Jaguar cars, and that's what always sticks in my mind. I have a Norwegian Buhund and it was a similar size to that. It was jet black and I think it was a panther."

The Hunts Post has also received reported sightings from other readers.

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Sarah Fox, 45, from Ramsey, says she also saw the Fen Tiger 18 months ago when she was driving to work in Upwood at around 8am.

She said the big cat was in a field off Huntingdon Road opposite Farm Close.

"I looked across and saw something walking out of the woods. At first it looked like a Labrador but then I looked again and realised that it wasn't because it was a feline shape," said Ms Fox.

"It was dark black and I got two or three quick looks and I think it was a panther. People in the office didn't believe me but I know what I saw."

Peter Taylor, 62, from Eaton Ford, retired, told The Hunts Post he saw a large cat five years ago while working as a security guard for Granta Park in Great Abington.

He said: "There were a lot of cameras and they could zoom in clearly so you had a very good view of the whole development. That night the fox that usually walked around didn't arrive and the rabbits weren't playing like usual so I knew there was something amiss.

"Then I saw a shadow of something that looked like a dog walking around the edges of the park so I zoomed in. I saw that it was a feline shape and that it must be a large cat, about four feet long."

Unfortunately Mr Taylor said the security cameras were not like modern ones that record what they see and, as yet, there is still no photographic evidence of the beast.

INFORMATION: If you have seen the Fen Tiger then call The Hunts Post on 01480 411481 and let us know about your experience.

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