The Beast of North East Fife
Report from George Markie
Mystery Beast in Fife
29 th January 2002
Sir, The correspondence from A.B. Fuchter on large cats and the article on the attack on the woman in Aberdeenshire by a large black animal were interesting.
Last June my parents and I were driving between Windygates and Auchtermuchty and were going down Portersbrae when I saw what I initially thought was a large black lamb amongst some new tree planting.
Slowing down to look, I was thinking that we'd not seen any lambs because of foot-and-mouth and here was a solitary one.
By the time we'd stopped we had a clear side view.
We couldn't believe our eyes. This animal was about the height of our whippet but much heavier - it had a long thick black tail and a slinky feline walk.
It was certainly not a lamb or a dog and definitely not a domestic cat.
We didn't go looking for strange beasts - I didn't know there had been any previous sightings in Fife although my parents did.
We don't have overactive imaginations and we had a very clear view for approximately five minutes before it wandered off.
Unfortunately we didn't have a camera but I don't know if we'd been able to use it as we were so amazed at what we saw!
27 Bankhead Place
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