Report from George Markie
A SIGHTING of a big cat on the prowl through woodland in Moray has been reported by a local author.
Mr Charles Macdonald was on an afternoon drive through the Pluscarden valley, accompanied by his mother, Mrs Christina Macdonald (92), when they rounded a bend and saw a large, jet black cat on the road.
"We were between Heldon Hill and the abbey when we spotted it. It was about two and a half to three feet long with a small head and stood about 18 inches high," said Mr Macdonald, who lives in Lossiemouth.
"It had a shiny jet black coat and when it made off into the undergrowth we could see it had a bushy tail which flopped about."
Mr Macdonald said that although he had a camera in the car, he had no time to grab a photograph.
"My mother hasn't stopped talking about it since. I walk a lot in the forests to get inspiration for my books, and I'll be more wary now that I have seen the big cat for myself," he added.
As there were sheep grazing in the area, Mr Macdonald reported the incident to the police.
Northern Scot, 17 th November 2001
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