The Beast of Dartmoor

BBC News: Mystery surrounds ‘big cat’ photo.

A photograph of an animal taken on Dartmoor is "almost certainly" not a big cat, according to a local expert. The picture was taken by falconer Martin Whitley, who stumbled across the creature by accident near Hound Tor. The area inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles, but Mr Whitley said there was "definitely nothing supernatural" about the animal.

But Danny Bamping, founder of the British Big Cats Society, said he "just couldn’t see it" being a big cat. Mr Whitley, who owns Dartmoor Hawking, was taking a group of American tourists for a "hawk walk" last month when the animal was spotted about 200 yards (183m) away.

They think this sighting might be a hairy wild boar. I love stories about big cats and other beasts running wild on England’s moors.