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But Chris - who spotted the animal near Faslane naval base where he works - soon realised it was something more chilling.
He said: "It wasn't moving the way I expected a dog to. It was then I realised what I was seeing was a big cat.
"I ran to grab my mobile phone for a picture. I stood on the rail bridge and got a still photo and a couple of minutes of footage of the animal moving up the railway line. It was remarkable."
In the clip, taken close to a pal's house in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, the cat moves up the line and at one point seems to balance and walk along a section of rail.
Chris, originally from Huddersfield, added: "I've heard stories about creatures like this moving about the countryside but never really believed them before.
"Looking at the video, I don't think there's any doubt it's a big cat."
Faslane pest controller John Belshaw has been contacted about big cat sightings before.
He added: "I have had a look at Chris's footage and have to say I do not believe it is a domestic cat or dog.
"At one point it seems to walk on the railway line and a dog simply wouldn't have had the balance to do this. You can tell it is much larger than a house cat."
Shaun Stevens, of research group Big Cats In Britain, added: "Knowing the width of the tracks in Chris's video, the animal is clearly in excess of 4ft.
"I think this could be one of the best pieces of footage of a big cat in the UK."
Several sightings have been reported in the area, and BCIB get around 30 in nearby Argyll each year.
Just a few miles away from Faslane, sightings of the tan-coloured Coulport Cougar began in 2004.
A large black cat has been spotted at Garelochhead Training Camp, two miles away.
And last week we told how a puma was being hunted in Ayrshire after it savaged a horse in Coylton.
kennyangove@the-sun.co.uk



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16 comments

  • Fredje#

    Fredje October 2, 2009 11:50:57 PM CEST

    The movement is not like that of a known cat species. In my eyes I see dog movement and behaviour. Look at the way it is looking/smelling in the bushes!

  • Codeblue213#

    Codeblue213 August 29, 2009 1:32:23 AM CEST

    my own black cat is almost that big, they're even bigger if they're outdoors.

  • Messanger#

    Messanger August 10, 2009 3:31:41 PM CEST

    Compaired the size of it to the fence posts and spaces between the railroad ties. I'd have to say that its just a large house cat. A big cat would be large enough to have its front paws on 1 rail road tie and its back on another. This cat fits between the 2 ties easily.

  • Tardistraveler#

    Tardistraveler August 3, 2009 4:07:50 PM CEST

    Almost looks like an average dog.

  • Burnarod#

    Burnarod July 31, 2009 2:39:33 AM CEST

    big cat...big deal

  • Stevbak#

    Stevbak July 30, 2009 1:29:56 PM CEST

    sorry pll,,,but this just looks like a large domestic cat,,,

  • Anrk0207#

    Anrk0207 July 30, 2009 8:24:29 AM CEST

    not to sure about this one and as for the puma in coylton that is not true i live very close to there and it was just an excuse to hunt with dogs.anyone who hunts these animals needs shot themselves they have not hurt anyone so leave them alone. it's about time Scotland had some larger wildlife other than the animals down the pub.

  • E6722maj#

    E6722maj July 29, 2009 11:51:01 PM CEST

    possibly a jaguar

  • Mooboo#

    Mooboo July 29, 2009 11:15:37 PM CEST

    Dont know where you got your measurments for the track width but you are wrong they are between 4-8ft here is a link for you to look it up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_gauge

  • Mooboo#

    Mooboo July 29, 2009 11:15:30 PM CEST

    Dont know where you got your measurments for the track width but you are wrong they are between 4-8ft here is a link for you to look it up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_gauge



 
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