Report from George Markie
An Angus man last night came face to face with the region's legendary "big black cat" for the second time.
Neil Wood of Little Brechin, was approaching Edzell when he saw the panther-like beast lying on a dry-stane dyke at the side of the road.
He slowed his car to get a better look and says the animal, about four foot long, rose onto all fours and jumped from the dyke before disappearing into the woods.
Mr Wood is convinced the beast is the same as the animal he saw at Luthermuir, around four years ago. On that occasion he got even closer to the sleek-looking cat as it crossed the road in front of his car.
Last night he said, "I was going to Edzell to pick up my wife and about a mile from the town I saw it lying on top of a dry-stane dyke.
"It was like a panther - jet black with a head like a football. I had seen it four years ago at Luthermuir and I was closer to it then. It was only about three feet from the car.
"It's quite an impressive sight at about four feet long. There's definitely no mistaking it."
Tayside police said last night that they were not aware of the latest sighting.
Sunday Post, 18 th November 2001
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