Cougar ‘spotted prowling through English countryside’ by two walkers
Two walkers claim to have spotted a cougar on the loose in Britain as they took a stroll in the countryside.
Anne Terranova, 57, was out walking with her friend when they deviated from their usual route.
As they paused to take in the new view they both say they did a double take as they couldn’t believe their eyes.
Before them they say was a real-life cougar, in broad daylight, walking through the countryside near Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Anne, from Nailsworth, said: "We were out walking as we often do. We like wildlife and I am quite a wildlife enthusiast.
"We cut through the buildings and on to a little footpath which joins up through Watledge and there is a little wood and nice walk.
"We paused to have a rest and my friend looked over at the field and said ‘whatever is that’?
"I had to strain my eyes at first, but then I saw that it was in fact a very large cat."
Anne described the way the cat moved as ‘padding’ and said the beast was at least two to three feet tall.
She continued: "We stood for a good five minutes and it was by the fence that was about waist height.
"It was certainly feline and there is absolutely no way that the animal had the profile of a dog. The size and shape of it was like a mountain lion.
"From the distance it looked a dark chestnut brown.
"When my friend pointed out to the big cat to me we also saw a rabbit in the field and the big cat was at least 20 times bigger than that.
"It was not a fox because you could tell by the tail. There were so many things going through my mind.
"We were both quite excited by what we saw, and there was no element of fear or alarm.
"The cat was quite a distance from us and we carried on with our walk after it went back into the woods.
"I posted about the sighting on the Nailsworth Chat and Information on Facebook and there was also another post from another lady saying that she had seen the same as I had."
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