‘Panther’ spotted prowling Brit woods moments after Rottweiler cross is mauled

Dog owners claim their Rottweiler cross was attacked by a black panther as they innocently ambled through a Brit woodland.

The big cat “swiped” at the dog in Wakerley Woods in Corby, Northamptonshire.

The incident was reported to police at 4.45pm last Sunday, October 13.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police told Daily Star Online that the witnesses said the beast was “bigger than their dog”.

She said: “We had reports of a Rottweiler cross Labrador dog being attacked by a large black cat in Wakerley Woods, opposite Finshade Woods.

“On finding the dog, their owners noticed it was looking up into a tree and when they looked, they describe seeing a puma/panther type cat which was bigger than their dog.

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“The dog received a claw injury to the face.

“We have made the Forestry Commission aware as it is their land.”

The bizarre news has already spread on Twitter, with locals not sure how to take it.

Stapleford Railway tweeted: “There was an attack on a large dog in Wakerley woods nr Mick Geirge quarry last night.

“Dog was off its lead and the panther swiped it in defence. Dog is ok but shaken as are owners who reported to police.

“Please keep dogs close or on leads in woods. “There was also sighting Greetham.”

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David Parker replied: “Is this legit??”

“I thought those sightings were long gone,” Peter Crossland wrote.

There have been numerous reports of black panthers prowling through British parks over the decades.

But a black panther is not a separate species of big cat but a highly-pigmented leopard or jaguar.

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When a black panther breeds the cubs tend to have a typical golden colour with dark spots — but these don’t make up the majority of alleged sightings in Britain.

Experts say the black cats seen are normally just regular house cats which, viewed at a distance, look bigger than they are.

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