Monday, 3 September 2012
Sunday, 12 February 2012
A female witness has reported seeing a puma in the vicinity of Ewhurst. On Feb' 11th 2012 the witness was driving near a snow-covered field when she noticed a 'lump' which she at first took to be a fox. However, when the animal moved she noticed it was a large cat - greyish in colour, with thick fur, a long, thick tail and slight tufts to the ears. A few weeks previous a man, who works for a Safari company, was travelling through woods at Dorking on his bicycle when a large black cat ran across the pathway and disappeared into the woods. The witness told a local shop owner of his sighting, and the man responded saying he'd seen probably the same animal at Box Hill previously. Although the 1960s were a high point for so-called 'Surrey puma' sightings, the legend began many years, possibly centuries before, and continues to this day with reports in the county of puma, leopard and lynx.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
The Surrey 'puma' (although clearly not the same animal seen in the 1960s and '70s) has been seen again. On Sunday 23rd October 2011 at 9:00pm a chap named Tim was driving on the A25 when a 3-4 ft long animal, light coloured, and sporting a very long tail, ran across the road between Westcott and Dorking.
Monday, 24 October 2011
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
MYSTERY ANIMALS OF...LONDON, covering more than a century of Surrey puma reports, will be published shortly by CFZ Press. The book, weighing in at almost 400 pages is the first of its kind to chronicle reports of 'big cats' around the capital, as well as a whole host of other unusual animals, from strange birds, insect swarms, folkloric monsters, and alien species in the River Thames. As a teaser here is a photo of the cover:
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
At the end of May 2011 a Dorking woman, whilst jogging through woods near her home, was spooked by a large animal which leaped down from a tree behind her and onto a woodland path, making a light thud. Although the witness never saw the animal, she was so terrified she rang her husband. Further investigations revealed that whatever had sprang from the tree had left large paw prints on the path.