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Sydney Man Captures What Could Be The Elusive NSW Black Panther

Sydney Man Captures What Could Be The Elusive NSW Black Panther

A Sydney man has captured footage of an incredibly large cat prowling across his lawn.

While this might not be enough news to warrant an article, the feline that Alec McDonald captured in Wahroonga in Sydney's northern suburbs was very, very large.

It's so large that people have started whispers that it could be the elusive black panther that has been rumoured to frequent the Blue Mountains area.

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He's told Channel 7's Sunrise programme: "As soon as I saw it I started filming because it was very, very large compared to a normal domestic cat. It was definitely a bit scary, my heart was racing."

While the footage might not show the cat as very large, Alec says it was massive.

"The length of it, the musculature on it... it was huge," he said.

Alec McDonald. Credit: Channel 7
Alec McDonald. Credit: Channel 7
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But don't get too excited because experts reckon it's just a really big cat. Sure.

Bushman Jake Cassar also told Channel 7: "If it's a feral cat then it's the biggest one I've ever seen, and I've seen hundreds in my life. If it is something else then it's something for scientists to have a look at."

It's definitely worth a look from the experts because we certainly don't want a goddamn black panther roaming around the place.

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Surely a creature like this couldn't exist without being spotted, right? Well, over the years there have been hundreds of eyewitness accounts swearing to have seen the animal. No one has ever been able to capture hard evidence of this elusive animal, but one group has stumbled upon some compelling stuff.

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Hikers going through the Blue Mountains came across this animal track in the ground last year and it sparked a very big conversation.

The Blue Mountains Explore Instagram page wrote: "Yesterday a few of the #lostmtns team headed out (into the middle of nowhere) and found this. Wanting to have a some confirmation before we posted this, we contacted the 'Hunting Association of Australia' and sent through all footage and pictures.

"They confirmed it was a sizable cat print."

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*Cue dramatic, tense and ominous music*

The post continued: "Of course everyone will have their opinion, however consider this. It had been raining non-stop until yesterday.

"All tracks had been washed out by the rain, so the tracks were all soft and fresh. We were also in the middle of nowhere (so no humans had been there, no tracks, nothing). Even if it wasn't a cat, these prints show something large is running around.

"This continues to fuel our ambition to find whatever is out there."

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The search continues...

Featured Image Credit: Viralhog

Topics: Viral, News, Animals, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.