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Big Cats Panther/Puma

posted by steven wanstall on 03 Feb 2019 at 7:25 pm

I was cycling along Turkey Road near the quarry. About 6pm last saturday after going out on a bike ride. When this black creature crossed my path it was black and had a long thin tail like a panther and a big black body as it ran across the road and made me brake hard. I thought i was seeing things and thought what was that. I rode home faster than ever!
Has anyone witnessed any of these encounters??? If so please tell me as im very interested in finding out im not the only one.

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Big Cats Panther/Puma

posted by Maria Lozano on 08 Feb 2019 at 2:00 pm

Hello Steven - No, you are not the only one to have encountered this animal. I have seen it myself on a couple of occasions, perhaps 2 or 3 years ago now (or maybe further back). The first time I recall seeing it was from a bedroom window in Beatrice Walk, off Gunters Lane; it was on the footpath that runs alongside. I saw it again a few days later near to the entrance of Bexhill Cemetery in Turkey Road, when I was driving westbound. Both sightings were at dusk. I think I'm correct in remembering that there was a newspaper article about it in the Bexhill Observer because it was witnessed by others in the community. It may be worth trying to track down the article. I hope this proves useful to you.

Black Panther/Puma

posted by steven wanstall on 17 Jun 2019 at 3:57 pm

Thankyou Maria for responding to my message. I wouldnt know where to start about finding out about it.

Big Cats Panther/Puma

posted by Maria Lozano on 12 Jan 2021 at 10:45 am

Hello Steven,

If you go on to the internet and type in ‘Bexhill Observer - Mystery Sighting in Cooden’ you will see an article dated 02nd January 2008 and updated 07th June 2018. It refers to a Joyce Prichard “wondering if any one else has spotted this mysterious creature”. Following her second sighting, a few days later, she apparently reported the incident to the police who said they were aware of sightings further inland but not near the coast. It’s an interesting article. I hope you manage to find it. Best wishes. Maria.


posted by Lorraine on 07 Apr 2023 at 6:53 pm

Just wondering have there been any other sightings since? Recently heard of one in Hastings

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