DOCUMENTARY TO EXPLORE POSSIBILITY OF WILD BIG CATS – AND CAROLE BASKIN HAS HER SAY

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A documentary entitled ‘Mystery of The Panther’ is set to look into the possibility of big cats living wild on the Isle of Wight, undetected.

Carole Baskin, who rose to fame in the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, says it is entirely possible that such animals are roaming free on the Island.

The documentary, being put together by Jake Valvona of Imperial Media, will delve into the fact, fiction and history of local stories and look at how, if at all, the big cats came here in the first place.

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As previously reported by Island Echo, a ‘Black Panther’ is alleged to have been sighted near Lynbottom Tip earlier this month.

Carole Baskin says:

“We get so many reports from all around the world of people seeing big cats but the Isle of Wight, when you mentioned it, immediately came to mind. Our previous operations manager Scott Lope had actually been invited there to do a programme about the thought that there were black leopards running lose on the Isle of Wight.

“If it is a leopard, I think they are the most adaptive of all of the cats and the favourite picture I ever saw was a National Geographic photo where they were filming this village and the didn’t even realise they had captured a leopard in the middle of the village in the middle of the day that the cat was so well camouflaged by a stack of sticks and it was just waiting for night.

“You could living around these cats forever and not know they’re there because they’re so smart and so elusive.”

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“They’re not native there but you have so many people that traffic them as pets and can’t handle them and they easily escape and it wouldn’t be hard for them to survive, our cats can live as long as 20 years.”

Any Islanders who wish to submit their stories to be interviewed for the documentary can email [email protected].

Depending on COVID regulations the documentary is due to be released in late 2022 and will be available for purchase on both Amazon and Vimeo.

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Mop bucket
Mop bucket
11 days ago

Not sure about big cats. Fat Cats, definitely, plenty of them.

Terresa Waite
Terresa Waite
11 days ago

There had to have been a good few mating pairs let loose to still be seeing big cats now these stories and sightings have been going on most of my life and I am 39! I remember the bodmin beast story years ago but now we are still seeing big beasts. Our island is cold but overflowing with food sources to support them so yes I believe there could be lots of big cats.

James schofield
James schofield
Reply to  Terresa Waite
10 days ago

And why do there need to have been “a good few breeding pairs”? Please explain. I’d suggest 3 or 4 animals would be enough.

Tim C
Tim C
9 days ago

I don’t think its possible in a time when there’s so many cameras everywhere and the island is so populated.
Just a load of misinterpretations of what people think they saw.

James schofield
James schofield
Reply to  Tim C
8 days ago

Since the 1970s? Every sighting a mistake? Every picture/video, a hoax?

Daphne
Daphne
7 days ago

I’ve seen one. I saw it early one spring morning in Centurian’s Copse, Brading, nearly three years ago. It shot straight up a tree and was about the size of a small labrador. I watched it long enough to know i wasn’t imagining it. I don’t know how they got here, or how they stay covert. But 100% I know they’re around.

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