Report from Chris Smith
At the beginning of December (1999), Alastair Skinner drove home to Inverness across the Scottish Highlands from his job as fishery officer in Ullapool. Shortly after midnight, at Rogie Falls in Wester Ross, his headlights picked out a creature walking in the road ahead. As he got closer, it stopped, turned round and stared at him, not more than 5ft away. "I was eyeballing it for several seconds," said Mr Skinner, a former member of an anti-tank platoon with the Queen's Own Highlanders. "I am convinced it was a panther. It stood about three feet off the deck, was completely black and had a long tail." The animal eventually wandered off into trees. There's good evidence for a population for ABCs (alien big cats) in the Highlands: John Cathcart, a former Inverness policeman, has catalogued about 80 Highland sightings in the last two decades.
Fortean Times: April, 2000
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