BIG CATS -
Puma: - Many of the reported sightings
of the "Puma" type cat, which I have received state that
they are in Colour a sandy brown colour, Height
ranging from about 70 to 80 centimetres in height at the shoulders.
The Length is usually about 2.5 metres from tip of
nose to tip of tail. The Tail, often witnesses state
that these cats have a long tail with a slight kick up towards the
end of the tail. Many say that the tail can be about 1.5 times the
length of the cats torso. According to ARFRA
(Australian Rare Fauna Research Association) these animals; Weight
about 100 kilograms or more. The Head is often marked
with black on the sides of the muzzle and backs of the ears with
a whitish throat and neck. The Voice of the puma is
interesting in that the puma cannot roar, it chirps, whistles, purrs,
moans, screams, growls, and hisses. The puma Predation
is carnivorous and it eats sheep and horses. It can Jump
distances exceeding 45 feet with vertical jumps of 15 feet. It can
be noted that in the above prints, that the central pad of the cat
print is Bell shaped, where as in the dog print the central pad
is Triangular and in fact the bottom line of the pad is slightly
concaved in the dog print. The bottom line of the cat print is is
convex. The Fox central pad print bottom line can look like a cat
print, however the top of that central pad is also pointed like
a dog and one major give away, naturally will be its size, being
much smaller than a Big Cat print.
Panther: - Is actually a Black Leopard.
I have also received many reportings of big black cats over the
years, with similar descriptions of the above puma. Now the comparison
between the Puma and the true Panther differ quite a bit and this
is where I find it interesting. The Colour when black
has a clear rosette-patterned coat and those rosettes can be seen
clearly in the full sunlight. The belly also has blotches or spots
under it. The Height ranges from about 50 to 75 centimetres
in height at the shoulders. The Length is usually
about 2.3 metres from tip of nose to tip of tail. The Tail,
often witnesses state that these cats have a long tail with a slight
curve towards the end of the tail. Many say that the tail can be
about 1 metre in length. The Head
is always reported as being jet black with a velvet sheen to it.
One report said that the cat "was all black but had a brown
slash from forehead to snout, notice that I say snout!" Remember
that statement "SNOUT". VERY IMPORTANT.
The head also has massive jaw muscles compared to the puma, which
has a fine almost gracile face. The Voice is a deep
sawing roar, similar to a jaguar. The panther Predation
is carnivorous and it will eat anything from insects, sheep, cattle
and horses and even carrion. A typical meal will look like the carcass
below and that is also for the Puma. The panther will often take
to trees and will often eat its prey up in the tree. Therefore traces
of carcasses or wool or hides may be found in tree forks. The Panther
is mostly nocturnal in its habit. The panther can live amongst humans
Thylacoleo?:- Many reports
I have received neither fit the Puma nor the Panther description.
I am often recounted and described a creature which has the Colour
of a sandy or grey mottled and patchy fur, which is almost in tufts,
but this is not always the case. The Height ranges
from about 40 to 80 centimetres in height at the shoulders. The
Length is usually between about 1.8 metres to 2.2
metres from the tip of nose to the tip of tail. The Tail,
often witnesses state that it has "a
long tail like a kangaroo which it seemed to use for balance or
steering - (it didn't move about like a cats, it looked fairly rigid
and slightly curved)". Many say that
the tail can be about 1 metre in length.
The Head one said "had the
most hideous head I have ever seen, somewhat reminiscent of a hyena
with that horrible silent ugly snarling face." Another
report said that the cat "was all black but
had a brown slash from forehead to snout, notice that I say snout!"
Remember that statement "SNOUT". VERY IMPORTANT
as was supported by Mr. Dennis WRIGHT in his report which stated
that "I got within 20 metres and with a telescopic
sight. I could tell straight away it wasn't, any kind of cat," Dennis
recalled of the sighting which occurred about 15 years ago. "Colour
It was jet black, with a very glossy coat. Up until I looked through
the scope I was convinced I was stalking a panther. The body
was exactly like a panther." It was with shock that Dennis discovered
he wasn't spying on something strange. "Cats have a very square
looking nose, a very distinctive nose. This didn't have that. This
animal was as marsupial looking as a possum or a kangaroo," he said.
"The nose was long, and It didn't have a block shape head like a
cat. "It was so unusual. It just stunned me so much. This thing
was something I had never, never seen in my life. So totally unusual."
Another report stated that "My
first thought was it looked like a quoll
on steroids it was so big. It was uniformly dark in colour, about
80cms at the shoulder and about 1.5m from nose to tail. The head
had the same sort of stub nose like a Tasmanian
Devil (with the same sort of heavy jaws), and a long tail like
a kangaroo which it seemed to use for balance or steering - (it
didn't move about like a cats, it looked fairly rigid and slightly
curved). The thing looked large and powerfully built, but it had
a quite graceful (almost arrogant) stride to it.
The Voice is "Dennis
WRIGHT says it sounds like a Tasmanian
Devil (from http://www.dpiwe.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/BHAN-5358KH?open).
Many others have compared the noise of the mystery animal to the
haunting sounds of the Devil.". The thylacoleo Predation
is carnivorous and could also be an eater of carrion as "
However the smell in the air where the thing had been was pretty
unspeakable - rotting flesh."