Report from George Redpath
That strange animal sighted in various parts of the district recently is definately a lynx.
So says David Hope of Ceres, and he should know, for last Saturday, he spent 25 minutes 'in its company' as he put it. Well actually, he was standing 15 yards from it.
" I had gone up to woodlands, on the Ceres-Cupar road, to inspect my beehives. In a berry field on the east side of the road came across the animal running up and down between the rows of canes".
"It is about the size of one of my dogs. ( Mr Hope breeds keeshonds, the Dutch barge dogs) The last I saw of it the lynx, was running eastwards towards the wood at Woodlands Farm".
"It frolicked about and rolled on its back. It saw me but seemed unperturbed either by my presence or the presence of my car. I have been breeding dogs all my life but I decided not to get too close. I stood 15 yards from it and was able to see it quite clearly. It had lovely colouring, not unlike that of a fox, with beautiful black shading and a tail."
" My concern is that somebody may shoot it. I hope not as it is a beautiful animal. I would hope that it would be trapped in some way. Obviously, it has been kept somewhere and has escaped.
Fife Herald, 17 th June 1988
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