Thursday, 28 August 2014

UK SIGHTINGS - Big cat sighting claim at Aberporth

A large black 'panther-like' creature has been spotted in woodland near Aberporth.
Local resident Jane Bowling was walking her labrador dog in the Gilwen valley when she spotted the animal which she claims was twice as big as her pet.
“I had just reached this gate near an old quarry when I turned round and I saw this large cat emerging from the bushes to my left,” she said.
“It then ran across the field about 50-70 yards away from where I stood. I didn't actually see it clear the fence on the other side but it was way too big to have gone under it. I just couldn't believe my eyes.”
Mrs Bowling later told landowner Rhys Evans what she had seen.
Mr Evans, who keeps sheep on the field, said: "“Jane came round- read more

NEWSLINK-Big Cat Heaven

SHELTON, Wash.--If you're a big cat without a home, where can you go? The Wild Felid Advocacy Center in Shelton, Washington is the perfect place.
"She wouldn't have made it on her own at all in the wild." Shelleen Matthews said about a cougar named Hannah.
Shelleen and her husband Mark took the cougar in after Hannah's mother got killed by a car in Eastern Washington.
Hannah is one of 39 cats they care for. They have everything from a leopard, bobcats, lynx and more. It's the state's only non-profit big cat sanctuary.
"They're just really special. And they need a place to go," said Shelleen.
They're not looking to adopt them out. This is where they will live out their days.
It's a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day a week job that the Matthews dedicate their lives to. And, they are willing to give up their lives, too, if need be.
"We're not oblivious to what can happen," Shelleen said with a Bobcat in a perch over her shoulder.
"Anybody that does what we do would tell you, if something really bad happened to them because of the cats, it's fine."
But, she's glad they can do something good for cats who otherwise might never find a home.TO SEE VIDEO LINK

NEWSLINK-Bring back the big cats: is it time to start rewilding Britain?

The lynx may be brought back to Britain and areas of damaged landscape could be repaired. Photo: Ruggero Maramotti/Gallery Stock
One of the few surviving accounts by the Britons of what the Anglo-Saxons did to them is Y Gododdin. It tells the story of what may have been the last stand in England of the Gododdin – the tribes of the Hen Ogledd, or Old North – in 598AD. A force of 300 warriors – the British version of the defenders of Thermopylae – took on a far greater army of Angles at a town named in Brittonic as Catraeth, which was probably Catterick in North Yorkshire. Like the Spartan 300, they fought for three days, during which all but four were killed.
The Anglo-Saxon conquest appears to have crushed the preceding cultures much more decisively than the later suppression of the Anglo-Saxons by the Normans. One indication is the remarkable paucity of Brittonic words in the English language. Even if you accept the most generous derivations, there appear to be no more than a couple of dozen, of which only four are used in daily conversation: dad, gob, beak and basket. It was an obliteration almost as complete as that of the Native American cultures in the United States.
Y Gododdin was written by one of the four survivors of the battle, the poet Aneirin. He tells how the last warriors of the Gododdin gathered in Din Eidyn, the town we now call Edinburgh. (Several Scottish cities, including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, have Welsh – or, more precisely, Cumbric – names.) They feasted there for a year before marching south, towards certain death in Catraeth. In the middle of Aneirin’s gory saga is something incongruous: a sad and beautiful lullaby called “Pais Dinogad” (Dinogad’s Smock), in which a mother tells her son of his dead father’s mastery of hunting. It names the animals he killed. Most were easy for scholars to-READ MORE