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.
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.”
“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.