Woman Claims To Have Filmed Panther-Like Creature On Golf Course

A woman claims to have footage of a 'big cat' striding across a posh hotel golf course in Warwickshire.

Kate Sanderson, a 51-year-old HR manager from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, was on a spa weekend when she saw a 'three foot tall' black cat striding across the golf course of the Ardencote Manor Hotel in Lye Green.

Kate said: "You don't expect that kind of shock on an evening stroll.

"It was a lot bigger than a Labrador and certainly longer. It was approximately two to three feet high to the shoulders. I have two domestic cats at home and it was so much bigger.

"It's not what you would expect to see on a golf course - let alone a calming spa weekend. All I can say is, I wouldn't want to meet it on a dark night."

Kate claims to have seen big cats before - though not in Warwickshire - and recognised the creature.

"I was on a spa break with a friend and we went out for a walk around the grounds after supper," she explained. "The golf course was deserted at that time so we were the only ones to see it but luckily I caught it on camera.

"As we walked halfway round, I noticed a black figure that was about 200 yards away from us. It was obviously a big cat and neither of us felt like approaching it.

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"We went a little bit closer so I could film it as it walked between the trees. You can see the size of it in comparison to the grass - it's much bigger than a domestic cat.

"At that point it spotted us and turned around to face us.

"I worked on a farm near Oakham in Rutland for five years and I know the damage big cats like that can do. That area is known for having a panther.

"I worked on a livestock farm and one spring our sheep suffered a vicious attack that was confirmed as being by a large cat - not a dog or regular predator.

"Two years prior to that I had seen a very large black cat jumping into a hedgerow a couple of miles from there early one morning. There were many known sightings of the Rutland panther.

"I did ask the hotel staff and a number of them said it's known that there's a big cat in the area. It is just a very large domestic cat which has gone feral."

A spokesman for the Ardencote Manor Hotel explained the situation away as being merely a large cat rather than a dangerous animal.

"It has been with us for four or five years and is very friendly with the groundsman. It's very happy living here and it's certainly nothing bigger than a very large domestic cat," said the spokesman.

"If you have a look on the video, the cat passes a post. That post is three-feet tall. This is just one extremely well-fed cat - it's certainly nothing more."

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Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

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