Retired couple, Howard and Lesley Anderton, were on the B5278 north of Flookburgh in Cumbria on Tuesday when they claim to have seen a “monstrous” cat crossing the road in front of their car.
Mr Anderton, from Wigan, said:
“We both immediately said it was a panther – a black panther – which, of course, seems ridiculous in Cumbria. We only saw it for about two seconds. It wasn’t running or anything, it was just walking cat-like across the road and disappeared into the woodland on the left hand side. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get a photograph because it was only there for a couple of seconds and then it was gone.”
Cumbria police has received more than 40 reported “big cat” sightings since 2003, but no irrefutable evidence has ever been produced.