A vet is convinced that horrific wounds inflicted on a pony in Devon were caused by a big cat.
Liz Lavers said Mischief has been attacked twice in two years
Three-year-old palomino Mischief was left scarred for life after an attack in a field in the South Brent area a week ago.
There have been reported sightings of a cat in the area previously, but nothing has ever been proven.
Mischief's owner Liz Lavers said this was not the first time the pony had been attacked.
She said: "When we found him, he was a quivering wreck.
"He was afraid to move and in a total state of shock, with his back legs badly damaged and puncture wounds to his neck.
"This isn't the first time. He was attacked a year ago, more or less to the week.
Mischief's legs will be scarred for the rest of his life
"Next year, I'm worried I'll find a dead pony, or possibly worse, a dead child. That's how I see it."
In the last few weeks, there have been two sightings of a puma-like creature.
Several years ago the area was sealed off and police marksmen were called in to track down what was believed to be a lion which was roaming the area, but no animal was found.
Local vet Steve Grills, who treated Mischief's injuries, said he was convinced the injuries "were the work of a puma or other large cat".
"Basically the reason for this is the number of scratch marks on the animal's back legs reaching quite high.
"It's not something you'd expect a smaller animal to have done."
Ms Lavers and her family say they are delighted that Mischief is making a full recovery.