Report from Alayne Perrott
The Exotic Cat Group, University of Wales Swansea, is investigating the scientific evidence for the presence of non-native cats in the Welsh countryside.
The whippet Peter was attacked inside a securely fenced enclosure by a large predator that approached from behind its right shoulder and bit deeply into its throat. Its injuries are fully consistent with the style of attack used by leopards, as documented on film and in the scientific literature. In all probability, the hairs identified as 'dog', which may have been the dog's own hair, and a couple of others provisionally identified as 'badger' were present in the dog's mouth prior to the attack that caused its death.
The Exotic Cat Project is jointly funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. The Exotic Cat Group has not adopted any specific position with regard to the hunting or protection of exotic cats in Britain. Nor did it participate in any way in police operational decisions relating to this incident.
3 rd February 2003
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