Report from Chris Smith
An Aberdeenshire woman claims she has been attacked by a big cat.
She says the mystery animal ripped her clothes and left three bite marks on her thigh.
It is thought the creature had been sleeping near her home in Insch.
It's the latest in a string of sightings of puma-like animals in the area, reports the Aberdeen Press & Journal.
The woman, who is in her 50s but does not want to be named, said: "The animal was very fast and came out of nowhere. It was a spur of the moment attack."
She says the animal grabbed her thigh and only ran off after she hit it with her car keys.
One of her friends, who saw the animal run off, described it as a "sleek black beastie" about the size of a Labrador.
Ananova: January 14 th 2002
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