A ZOOLOGY graduate has set up a webcam with a motion detector in a bid to verify a recent sighting of a big cat in Leeds.
James Downs and his partner, Anna Lepianka, saw the animal stalking through a field near a disused railway line on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday afternoon.
James, 37, said: “It was about the size of a Labrador, and dark coloured with a long tail. It was prowling at the bottom of the field and went up into the brambles.
“I used to work in a zoo and was a zoologist by degree. It was no Collie – it was definitely a cat. Its front shoulder blades were popping like cats’ do.
“Unfortunately we don’t have a photograph. It was about half a mile away.”
They couple spotted the animal from their home in Stanks Drive, Swarcliffe, at about 2pm.
“I walked up to the field about 20 minutes later to have a nosey,” James said. “It’s a deer path and if it’s a big cat it will follow the scent.”
There were no footprints but James found two shredded pigeons, and hopes to catch the animal on film as hard proof.
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