FILM-MAKERS have found the “clearest ever” photo of a big cat prowling the British countryside.
Researchers discovered the snap of the powerful-looking panther-like creature in long grass at a former colliery site.
Film-makers have found the ‘clearest ever’ photo of a big cat prowling the British countryside[/caption]
Researchers discovered the snap of the powerful-looking panther-like creature in long grass at a former colliery site[/caption]
It was taken by a visitor to Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve in Stoke-on-Trent, who accompanied it with a note specifying the location.
The photographer did not sign or address the letter and dated it March 17, but gave no year.
The pic was found in a zoology centre’s archives by the assistant director who said: “It’s clearly a large cat of the Panthera genus.
“It’s so clear we can even see its whiskers.
“If it’s genuine, then it’s probably the best photo of a British big cat that exists.”
The image is featured as evidence in a documentary on the existence of big cats in the British countryside.
Producer Tim Whittard said: “This astonishing lost photograph and amazing new scientific discovery form only a fraction of the collective evidence on display in the film.
“The research process was intensive and exhaustive.
“We used real science and real experts and tried to be as objective and analytical as possible.”
He said big cats are probably the offspring of those released after 1976 when it became illegal to own them without a licence in the UK.
He said: “These majestic big cats were fashionable status symbols. The story is a sad one really.”
The film is available on Amazon Prime.