Cyclists report sighting of the Rutland panther
A pair of cyclists believe they spotted the elusive Rutland panther while out for a ride yesterday evening.
Tim Bateman and son Harry, 16, were on the road between Teigh and Market Overton when they saw the mysterious beast prowling in a field.
It was black, had a long tail and was seen chasing a pheasant at great speed through long grass.
Tim, who lives in Market Overton, said: “At first I thought it could be a deer, or perhaps a dog, but it was so fast and agile I’m convinced it was the Rutland panther.
“It ran like a cheetah, at great speed. We watched it for two or three minutes, but it was too far away to get a photograph.
“I have heard the Rutland panther rumours several times over the years and have always been a bit sceptical, but now I’ve changed my mind.
“Harry and I are both convinced we saw it.”
Rumours of a black panther living wild in the fields of Rutland first began in the 1990s and many apparent sightings have been reported since then.
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