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Is this the Beast of Bodmin? Student snaps 'big cat' in Cornwall

By CGMikeS  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

By Mike Smallcombe

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AN AMATEUR photographer has captured a snap of what he believes is the legendary Beast of Bodmin.

Henry Warren, 19, was taking pictures in fields near his home in Gwinear, west Cornwall, when a huge cat like creature leapt out in front of him.

The student managed to rattle off several frames before the animal disappeared into undergrowth.

The sighting took place around 45 miles from remote Bodmin Moor, where the famous beast is said to roam.

It has been reported to the Plymouth-based British Big Cat Society.

Britain's most famous big cat was first spotted in 1983 and there have been over 60 recorded sightings since.

It was declared a phantom in 1995 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food but Henry thinks they're wrong.

He said: "I was taking pictures of our new house when I saw something run across the field and in front of my lens.

"It was absolutely massive and was hoping up and down like a large cat. There's no way it could have been fox, a dog or anything else like that.

"It ran around 60 metres in just a few seconds and was leaping in the air with its front two legs first.

"I did some research after and thought it may be linked to the Beast of Bodmin - it certainly looks like a big cat."

The British Big Cat Society (BBCS) says there is real evidence that pumas, panthers, lynxes and other big cats are breeding in Britain.

A spokesman said: "Photographs, pawprints and fur samples have long-shown that big cats live in parts of Britain.

"Recent figures provide real evidence that big cat sightings are on the increase which is very exciting.

"The reason for this might stem from more people reporting what they've seen, or because the animals are breeding - which is a very real possibility."

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  • Sweetpea72  |  September 26 2014, 1:57PM

    I think that I may have seen the same animal. This was in Lethlean Lane, not far from the path up to Hayle Towans I spotted what seemed at first a dark coloured cat lying in front of me about 15 metres away. it looked much bigger than a domesticated cat, certainly not a dog . When I clapped my hands together, it slowly turned around to reveal a long thick tail. Not sure where it went, but I continued walking towards where it had been, this happened 22nd September2014, I didn't know anything about the previous sighting, now it makes me wonder, could there really be a wild cat in the Hayle area.Was what I saw a panther? I am usually very sceptical about these so called sightings, but I do believe whatever it was I saw that afternoon, it was certainly not the usual Tabby!

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  • petewest1967  |  July 29 2014, 11:55PM

    ive looked at lots of pictures of large wild animals and im fairly sure it was a puma...p.west

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  • petewest1967  |  July 29 2014, 11:44PM

    To all the sceptics ! About10 yrs ago I was walking a small dog around a water tower nr ladock/ grampound rd area. About 25 ft away from me was a large black animal resting on the ground, it turned its head and looked at me, then it stood up, it was higher than an alsation and a bit longer. it had big pointed ears and a long tail nearly down to the ground. I never felt afraid of it so started walking slowly towards it .all of a sudden it ran really quick to a hedge roughly 3.5 ft high and jumped right over it. I ran as fast as I could to see if I could see where it went but could nt see it. There was a lot of undergrowth there so I presume it was hiding in it. . I used to be sceptical as well about it until I saw it for myself. you have to remember that in th 1970 s people who had these animals were told to take them to zoo's as they were no longer allowed to keep them so people released some into the countryside, I don't blame them as I think I would of done the same.....pete west

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  • Iorlas  |  July 29 2014, 12:53PM

    if thats the best shots a amateur photographer can take he wants to try another hobby.

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  • Charlespk  |  July 28 2014, 11:54AM

    It seems like a cat to me. http://tinyurl.com/coz3mhx

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  • DIPSY33  |  July 28 2014, 12:04AM

    Looks like a dog running in front of a log on the grass! 'Tail' is too low to be a cat. Good try though!!!

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  • DIPSY33  |  July 28 2014, 12:02AM

    Looks like a log to me - running in front of a log. The 'tail' is too low for a cat.

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  • DIPSY33  |  July 27 2014, 11:57PM

    Looks like a dog to me - the 'tail' is too low to be a cat and I think this person took a pic of a dog running in front of a log/branch on the grass.

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  • humpy1968  |  July 27 2014, 1:25PM

    No such thing as the Beast Of Bodmin.....it's either The Littlest Hobo. Basil Brush or Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. What next?......The Loch Ness Monster spotted in Stithians Lake? For someone so young, Mr Warren should concentrate on his studies and avoid wasting his time taking photos of an animal in a field!!!

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  • break  |  July 27 2014, 12:03AM

    looks like a kangaroo to me.

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