‘Big cat’ spotted crossing road in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 11:45 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:26 31 July 2017

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A disbelieving sceptic has been persuaded that the St Albans big cat is real after it darted out in front of his car.

At about 5.30am on July 27, the motorist, who would prefer not to be named, was driving his car to work through Jersey Farm - when a large brown or sandy coloured feline crossed his path.

Dash-cam footage of the journey was unfortunately too blurred to show the cat in action.

He contacted his ex-wife, who told the Herts Ad: “He said it definitely wasn’t domestic. The tail was massive, very big, he had never seen anything like it.

“When I first heard about the big cat I had a bit of a panic actually because I walk my dogs around there and there’s no way my dogs are protecting me.”

Someone has suggested to her that he may have seen a male Maine Coon pet, which are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat and recently a 35lbs one went viral on the internet.

She said he used to doubt the validity of reports, but although he is now convinced she remains a little sceptical: “It’s not that I don’t believe him, I know he wouldn’t lie and I believe he saw something, but like everyone else in this world it would be good to have photos.

“He may not have seen what he thinks he seen.”

The legitimacy of big cat sightings around St Albans, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, Welwyn, and Sandridge has divided opinion - even when a taxi driver obtained footage of his sighting on London Colney last month.

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Some viewers claim the video shows a large pet cat, others it is hard evidence of a wild breed.

But witnesses have poured in to the Herts Ad over recent months to share their experiences.

In January two Oaklands College staff members saw “a large, sandy-coloured cat”, scratch marks were found on a tree after a “huge animal” was seen near Welwyn, and a big “muscled” cat bounded in front of a car across a road near Redbourn.

A Wheathampstead dog-walker recently found the mutilated corpse of a muntjac deer, stripped of meat, and large pawprints were found in an Aldwickbury golf bunker, preserved after a night of rain.

Herts Police have received about 30 big cats reports in the last five years - they advise a safe distance is kept and any sightings are reported on 101.

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