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Big cat filmed by CCTV in Stroud, Gloucestershire


Expert Frank Tunbridge commentates on the CCTV footage

A big cat, filmed by a CCTV camera in Gloucestershire, could be a "jungle cat hybrid" according to one Gloucestershire expert.

Frank Tunbridge, who has studied big and exotic cats for 25 years, was called to verify the footage and concluded that "it's certainly a very powerful looking big cat."

The film of the fawn-coloured animal was recorded in April, 2009, in Stroud.

Most sightings that Frank receives are for cats similar in size to a fox or Labrador dog.

"They're not coming out the size of big massive leopards and pumas that people like to think they are," said Frank.

This footage hasn't satisfied his ongoing desire to prove that big cats exist in the wild, describing this film as "average".

He still wants to snap the big black cat "which is most impressive" and makes up 80% of the sightings he receives.

If you have an unusual cat sighting to report, please contact Frank Tunbridge on 07711 476715. Alternatively, why not ask him a question via the form below. We'll post his answers online.

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