Report from Jane Ellis via Chris Smith
Evening Times, 2 nd January 2003
Firstly, I must admit I loved the article's title "Zoo chiefs rubbish
big cat theory"...
>> The basic colouration is yellow-brown above and pale yellow brown >> underneath.
aside from one report in this article already mentioning a "brown cat- like animal", this comment ignores the possible effects of lighting on apparent coloration and the spectrum of gray-red phases in "normal" pumas.
belly fur is more cream/white, too :)
>> while the average length of the body is 5.3ft. (5.3ft = 1.60m)
A *head-body* length of 1.60m would be a really big puma, far less this being quoted as a body length, alone.
>> They range in height from 3.4ft to 4.7ft
1 metre (3.3 feet) at the shoulder is a good-sized Amur tiger.
the police report of "about 3ft high" is already excessive (albeit clearly a guesstimate), but the "expert" is saying it should be even more
>> and will weigh about 120kg or 237lbs
aside from the dodgy metric conversion, 120kg is a ridiculous weight for a puma. somewhere around 40-60kg would be more sensible as a single-figure quote.
>> "That description is totally different to what these people and >> the police have seen.
Actually, the reports given sound more like a puma than Paul's
("AN EXPERT has cast strong doubts..." *cough*; sorry, Paul).
>> "It is possible they did see a cat of some kind, but the chances >> of the animal being a puma are slim, although not impossible.
Why on earth add this "get out" clause if he's so certain?
>> "Big cat sightings can be down to escapee cats from wildlife parks >> and zoos."
Umm... and why add this, too?
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