Report from Chris Smith
Two North-east women had a close encounter of the furred kind.
Phyllis Morrison and Loretta Walker came face-to-face with the "Parkhill Panther".
It is the second known sighting of the mystery big cat in the past two months.
And it comes hard on the heels of a spate of reports of a similar beast lurking in Carnie Woods, Westhill.
Phyllis and Loretta made the shock sighting while out cycling.
They saw a large black object in a barley field near Parkhill Nurseries at around 7.45pm.
"I really couldn't believe what I was seeing," said Phyllis, 55.
"It was a large black cat that was bigger than a dog."
The day-centre cook added: "It was around 500 yards away and we watched it for around four minutes."
The pair had previously read an account of a similar sighting in a story in the Evening Express.
"We even used to joke about whether we would spot the big cat," said Phyllis, of Potterton.
"I never dreamed it would actually happen."
Aberdeen Evening Express, 2 nd October 2003
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