Report from Chris Smith
The hunt is on for a killer leopard preying on farm animals in the North of Scotland. The big cat has left a trail of slaughtered sheep in its wake. But experts say that the beast could be even more savage if cornered and they're urging members of the public to stay clear if they spot it.
The leopard is believed to have been raised by a couple living near Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. A tip-off to a local paper sparked the hunt for the big cat, which is thought to have escaped from its enclosure on several occasions.
But though the informer included this picture of a six year old leopard called Kia, adding that it had given birth to two cubs, the SSPCA can't find the beasts owners.
Inspector Alan Rae said: "Leopards are deadly if trapped in the likes of a garage or an outbuilding. It'd certainly attack a human and and could kill. We must find the beast fast.
News of the World: Scotland, 7 th January 2001
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