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Mystery Big Cat Photographed in Scotland?

The Daily Mail is reporting on a recent sighting of a "black panther" close to Inverness, in Scotland. (Those who have ever heard anything about the Loch Ness Monsters will know that Inverness is close to that lake).

Paul Dawson, the photographer, saw the cat last weekend.
Is it a black panther in the center of the photo?

"A postman has spotted a 'big cat' roaming the fields on the outskirts of Inverness.
"Paul Dawson took a picture of the black cat with he 300mm long-lens camera at the weekend in a field close to Milton of Leys in the Scottish Highlands.
"He says he was standing around 600yards away from the animal with a long black tail that appeared much larger than a domestic cat when he pictured it.
 "It was taken around 10 miles from where the famous Beast of Embo was spotted by two sisters in 2011 after a farmer reported that 18 of his sheep had been killed in 2011."

Dawson described what happened when he saw the big cat: "My house looks over to the A9 and I always have the camera handy because you can see deer around here a lot of the time. It was about 7:15 pm on Sunday when I spotted this and managed to grab a few shots. Given the distance, it must have been bigger than an ordinary cat - I've got two cats and if they were that far away I'm not sure you would have been able to see them at all. It might actually have been about the size of a dog - I have a Dalmatian and a Labrador and it could have been around their size. It hung around for about 10 minutes, I'm not sure if it was eating something or maybe playing with its prey the way cats do because it seemed to be jumping about quite a lot as well."

So did Dawson see a black panther? Or is it a domestic cat? It does seem a little bigger than a domestic cat, but not that big.


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