Mysterious big cat spotted near Lugwardine last night

Was it a panther that Mrs Smithers saw last night?

Was it a panther that Mrs Smithers saw last night?

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A HEREFORD woman did not expect to come across a rather mysterious big cat on her way to work last night.

Debbie Smithers was travelling from her Whitecross home to St Michael’s Hospice at around 8.55pm on Sunday evening when she came across what she describes as a “large, dark cat” on Lumber Lane, near Lugwardine.

“It was about three feet high, stood on the opposite carriageway of the road, facing Hereford,” said Mrs Smithers, a nurse at the hospice.

“Within seconds its tail went up and it sort of gracefully jumped across into the verge and into the hedge.”

Mrs Smithers said she has only seen similar animals in a Safari Park or Zoo.

“I just thought ‘what on earth is that?’ I was just amazed really, more than anything. I was quite taken with the elegance of how its tail went up and it jumped into the verge,” she added.

  • Have you seen any big cats in the area?

If so, email jessica.phillips@herefordtimes.com or call 01432 845884.

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3:00pm Mon 28 Jul 14

dplcv37 says...

i rang the hereford times news desk a year ago to say that i had spotted,
Batman, spiderman and Buzz lightyear all walking down commercial road at 11.30pm on a friday night, but that didnt make the headlines?????
i rang the hereford times news desk a year ago to say that i had spotted, Batman, spiderman and Buzz lightyear all walking down commercial road at 11.30pm on a friday night, but that didnt make the headlines????? dplcv37
  • Score: 20

6:28pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) says...

Could this be the dog-sized **** that Clare Balding encountered a while back or is it just another huge ****?
Could this be the dog-sized **** that Clare Balding encountered a while back or is it just another huge ****? Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
  • Score: -1

11:16am Tue 29 Jul 14

oldergit says...

I live near there. It was my labrador.
I live near there. It was my labrador. oldergit
  • Score: 7

3:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

I spotted a cat like that, I also said ''what on earth is that?'' or something similar!
I spotted a cat like that, I also said ''what on earth is that?'' or something similar! liketoknow
  • Score: 0

8:05pm Tue 29 Jul 14

xantiaman says...

perhaps it was **** footing around.
perhaps it was **** footing around. xantiaman
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Tue 29 Jul 14

xantiaman says...

****
**** xantiaman
  • Score: -1

8:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

xantiaman says...

why wont it let me type poosy,you know what i mean.
why wont it let me type poosy,you know what i mean. xantiaman
  • Score: 3

8:09pm Tue 29 Jul 14

xantiaman says...

come on Hereford Times,it's a term you give your pet cat. ****.
come on Hereford Times,it's a term you give your pet cat. ****. xantiaman
  • Score: 3

8:09pm Tue 29 Jul 14

xantiaman says...

pussie
pussie xantiaman
  • Score: 2

8:14pm Tue 29 Jul 14

dplcv37 says...

This calls for the pussay patrol!!
This calls for the pussay patrol!! dplcv37
  • Score: 7

12:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Herefordian07 says...

Obviously the HT censor is hot on this subject and probably never saw the cartoon of Sylvester & Tweety Pie! The lyrics of Tweety Pies song would have sent them into apoplexy!
Obviously the HT censor is hot on this subject and probably never saw the cartoon of Sylvester & Tweety Pie! The lyrics of Tweety Pies song would have sent them into apoplexy! Herefordian07
  • Score: 3

1:20pm Wed 30 Jul 14

mizza21 says...

Mrs Slocombe would surely have something to say
Mrs Slocombe would surely have something to say mizza21
  • Score: 4

2:50pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) says...

My ****'s big and black. Strangers often remark upon it.
My ****'s big and black. Strangers often remark upon it. Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
  • Score: 1

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