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In your opinion what are alien big cats most likely to be?
Escapees from collections, breeding in the UK countryside
43%
 43%  [ 30 ]
A species of endemic British big cat somehow overlooked by science
5%
 5%  [ 4 ]
Zooform Phenomena - animal-shaped manifestations of paranormal activity
8%
 8%  [ 6 ]
Misidentifications of big dogs, normal cats etc
15%
 15%  [ 11 ]
A big hoax
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Summat else
2%
 2%  [ 2 ]
All of the above
23%
 23%  [ 16 ]
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PostPosted: 22-02-2013 15:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

All good points about photography, Eve. Another point is that digital cameras need switching on, and then they take a little more time to focus themselves - which is not conducive to capturing a fleeting glimpse of something!

And some creatures with sharp hearing might well be spooked by the sounds the camera makes doing these things.
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PostPosted: 22-02-2013 18:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems difficult to believe a witness could mistake some domestic cat or dog for an ABC for about 20 minutes in bright sunlight, doesn't it? A very convincing account, Eve.
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PostPosted: 22-02-2013 18:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It seems difficult to believe a witness could mistake some domestic cat or dog for an ABC for about 20 minutes in bright sunlight, doesn't it? A very convincing account, Eve.



A few years ago one of my neighbours rang me up (strange I thought as she lives next door) and in a quiet, worried voice told me to look into our back garden. "Can you see it?" she said "its huge"!!!

"it" happened to be our black tom-cat Clarence, a very large and pugnacious character but a domestic cat nonetheless.

Our neighbour was well acquainted with him but still thought he was a "panther"

Food for thought.
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PostPosted: 23-02-2013 17:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bloody hell! How big was this cat? (If you don't mind me being nosey).
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PostPosted: 24-02-2013 13:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bloody hell! How big was this cat? (If you don't mind me being nosey).


He was very big but, according to my wife who is a veterinary nurse, "within the parameters for a domestic cat, but definitely at the top end of the spectrum"

The strange thing was our neighbour was familiar with him having seen him most days as he wandered the area beating up any unfortunate critters that crossed his path.
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PostPosted: 24-02-2013 20:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, that should have cleared at least some conundrums up, but actually makes them more mysterious. Is there a common state of mind which can make the familiar unfamiliar (non-drug related)? And does this affect how we see animals?
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PostPosted: 24-02-2013 20:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it's just one of the many glitches in how we perceive things.
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Hmm, that should have cleared at least some conundrums up, but actually makes them more mysterious. Is there a common state of mind which can make the familiar unfamiliar (non-drug related)? And does this affect how we see animals?


is it possible that the initial impression "wow look at the size of that cat, it must be a panther" somehow becomes fixed in our perceptions? so that a shadow which we initially thought must be a ghost, for example becomes fixed as that ghost?

any psychologists on here able to comment on this?
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PostPosted: 25-02-2013 23:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a psychologist, but you would have thought if you saw a big, black domestic cat you would immediately think it was exactly that rather than leap to some fantastical panther-based conclusion. Er, I would assume that, anyway.
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But what about the big black cat eve seen? AND the sheep seen it as well, so where the sheep also mistaking an ordinary moggie for an ABC?

I tend to disbelieve large cats are stalking the British country side, but some eye witness statements make me pause and consider.
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gncxx wrote:
I'm not a psychologist, but you would have thought if you saw a big, black domestic cat you would immediately think it was exactly that rather than leap to some fantastical panther-based conclusion. Er, I would assume that, anyway.


Naturally you'd assume that. The thing is though time and again people have been proven beyond any reasonable doubt to have done just that. So we're certain that happens, big black cats roaming the countryside though no evidence at all.

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AND the sheep seen it as well, so where the sheep also mistaking an ordinary moggie for an ABC?


In my experience sheep tend to suddenly mistake the three feet of tarmac in front of a moving car as the safest place to stand out of a whole barren mountain.
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AND the sheep seen it as well, so where the sheep also mistaking an ordinary moggie for an ABC?


In my experience sheep tend to suddenly mistake the three feet of tarmac in front of a moving car as the safest place to stand out of a whole barren mountain.


Funny how sheep run away from everything and everyone except oncoming vehicles. My theory is that evolution has taught sheep that inanimate objects don't generally move and pose no threat. So strong is this instinct that, in spite of the evidence of their senses, they figure, "Oh well! It must be an optical illusion making it seem to move, because rocks and trees and things don't move of their own accord." So they end up decorating the bonnet of a transit van.

Or, of course, sheep could just be thick!
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Or, of course, sheep could just be thick!


An intriguing thought there.
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PostPosted: 26-02-2013 18:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coincidentally (or was it?!) I saw a big, black cat today but it wasn't so big I'd mistake it for a panther, and I immediately thought it was a domestic cat. Which it was.
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oldrover wrote:
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Or, of course, sheep could just be thick!


An intriguing thought there.


It's just woolly-headed thinking.
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