Report from Chris Smith
Television wildlife experts are scouring the Grampian countryside in a bid to find an elusive black cat. Previous searches for the so-called Beast of Buchan have proved fruitless, but now the BBC's Natural History Unit is attempting to solve the mystery as part of of an in-depth survey of mythical creatures for its X-creatures series.
Locals in and around Keith and Huntly were first to claim sightings of the animal which has been likened to a huge black panther. However, the sightings were originally put down to folklore until a series of farmland attacks in the mid 1990's.
Now expert racker and camera-man Charlie Hamilton-Jones is set to pick up the trail and speak with farmers and locals who claim to have seen the animal.
A spokeswoman for the unit said: "The X-Creatures is a scientific series. We are looking for evidence of indigenous wild cats or exotic hybrid animals which may have bred in the area after being released from private owners. We are hoping to get the animal on film which has not been done before. There have been attempts made in the past by camera crews but that level of attention is likely to chase off the animal."
24th May 1997
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