Photos of large pawprints are new evidence of St Albans big cat
- Credit: Archant
Large feline prints may be even more compelling evidence of a wild cat roaming around St Albans countryside.
Wheathampstead local Stuart Braggs, 50, was playing golf on the Aldwickbury course earlier this month when he noticed something “bizarre” by one of the bunkers near the clubhouse.
Animal footprints almost as large as his palm lead in long strides across the pit - preserved in the wet sand after a rainy morning.
He said: “We took photos and carried on playing golf, but I was then aware that some large cat had been walking there, which puts you a little bit on edge.”
“There’s no way it was anything else but a cat, it’s definitely something reasonably large.”
You may also want to watch:
Stuart has been following the story of the mysterious beast of St Albans and would love to see the infamous creature in the flesh: “I am convinced the creature is out there and hope it continues to live safely and secretly amongst us.”
Five people Stuart knows have witnessed the cat but when he first told family and friends they were disbelieving, thinking the photo was a joke.
- 1 All you need to know about St Albans Cathedral's Alban Pilgrimage this year
- 2 Property Spotlight: A penthouse apartment at St Albans' Gabriel Square
- 3 Pair jailed for causing horror crash that injured 19
- 4 June 21: Will Step 4 lifting of coronavirus restrictions be delayed until July?
- 5 Area Guide: The pretty Hertfordshire village of Sandridge
- 6 Resident accused of 'land-grab' over bid to annexe amenity space
- 7 Detective hopes sentence 'sends clear message' after car cruise crash drivers jailed
- 8 Harpenden constituency to go under proposed boundary changes
- 9 Schoolgirl donates hair to Little Princess Trust
- 10 Take a trip to the seaside for fun adaptation of The Comedy of Errors at the Roman Theatre festival
Only about a week before the sighting, Stuart had been talking about eyewitness accounts of the big cat in the pub and he wrote a poem inspired by them, called Panther - he said it was like the boy who cried wolf.
Eyewitnesses have come forwards in droves to report big cats sightings around Hertfordshire - in January two Oaklands College staff members saw “a large, sandy-coloured cat”, huge scratch marks were found on a tree after a “huge animal” was seen near Welwyn, and a big black cat was spotted by Luton Airport last year.