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More reports of 'tiger on loose'
Amur tiger
Witnesses reported seeing an animal which looked like a tiger
More people have come forward to say they have seen a tiger-like creature which is believed could be on the loose in North Yorkshire.

Police alerted local farmers and searched countryside near Tadcaster after a number of sightings.

Tockwith resident Ruth Warren told BBC News she saw a panther-like creature twice while out walking her dog.

She said: "It was absolutely beautiful, very graceful with a long body. I couldn't believe my eyes."

Mrs Warren, who told her husband and work colleagues of the sighting, said she first saw the creature in March and saw it for a second time two weeks ago.

She said: "I didn't report it because I thought nobody was going to believe me."

Train spot

David Ison, of York, said he saw the creature about two weeks ago while on the train to Manchester.

He said: "I was looking out of the window as I do every morning, we were somewhere between York and Garforth - I think it was Church Fenton.

"I was watching what I thought was a large dog, but the way it was jumping - it was more or less pouncing as it ran, lurching from its back legs.

"I was probably about 100 yards away but it looked to be about 4ft or 5ft long. It looked from a distance like it was a creamy, fawn colour; I couldn't determine any stripes, but it was obvious that it was not a dog.

"When I got to my office I told my colleagues what I had seen and there were a few raised eyebrows."




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