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Old 10 September 2007, 10:59 PM
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Hello Kitty Mysterious ‘big cat’ seen in garden

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A Carshalton man has reported seeing a puma racing through his back garden.

Darren Mason, 37, from Park Avenue, said he was about to spend an evening hedgehog spotting with his family when the mysterious big, black cat darted across his lawn at roughly 8.30pm.
http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/w..._in_garden.php
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Old 11 September 2007, 07:12 AM
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If it's black it isn't a puma. End of story. There are no recorded cases of melanism in pumas.
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Old 11 September 2007, 08:21 AM
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Did you notice this bit, though?

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Darren Mason, 37, from Park Avenue, said he was about to spend an evening hedgehog spotting with his family
Hedgehog spotting????
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Old 11 September 2007, 08:30 AM
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Did you notice this bit, though?

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Darren Mason, 37, from Park Avenue, said he was about to spend an evening hedgehog spotting with his family
Hedgehog spotting????
I suppose that as they are slower than trains it is easier to write down their numbers.
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Old 11 September 2007, 08:54 AM
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Did you notice this bit, though?
Hedgehog spotting????
Why not? I like hedgehog watching in the garden. I put leftover cat food out for them. I've even spoon-fed hedgehogs with cat food (which is rather cute).
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Old 11 September 2007, 02:31 PM
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Hedgehog spotting sounds like a nice evening to me. Hedgehogs are cute.
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Old 13 September 2007, 07:26 PM
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"This large dark animal with long legs and a long tail, and the size of a labrador,
couldn't be a labrador by any chance then?
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Old 13 September 2007, 08:15 PM
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couldn't be a labrador by any chance then?
It most likely was a dog. People seem unable to comprehend that dogs stray, go rogue etc and therefore they insist it must be a big cat (after all, a dog wouldn't do all that beast-of-wherever stuff like savaging sheep or running through gardens, would it?). Besides, most folks over here wouldn't be able to identify a puma even if it walked over and bit them
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Old 13 September 2007, 11:43 PM
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Not just over there... most people over here couldn't identify a puma if it bit them.

For that matter, some of them couldn't identify a cow if it walked over and bit them.
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Old 14 September 2007, 07:24 AM
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Not just over there... most people over here couldn't identify a puma if it bit them.

For that matter, some of them couldn't identify a cow if it walked over and bit them.
Officer: The creature that bit you ... could it have been a fox with mange?
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Old 14 September 2007, 07:49 AM
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Besides, most folks over here wouldn't be able to identify a puma even if it walked over and bit them
Not after it bit them no, I grant you.
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Old 14 September 2007, 08:05 AM
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Then of course the media can turn a small cat into a big cat (the story detailed in the link is essentially true, though I had to change a few details to save various parties from embarrassment - it was a big cat, just not that sort of big cat)
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