Just another Sunday stroll in the gardens of Hillsborough Castle, County Down? Beware of stalkers and keep your kids in sight …
News of a big black cat on the prowl near Hillsborough might have been exaggerated, but a number of dead sheep and some unexplained pawprints gave rise to the idea that yet another Alien Big Cat (ABC) might be on the prowl in Northern Ireland. A few years ago, one was shot in County Fermanagh – a lynx at the time. The reports of alleged sightings the last few weeks hint more at a black panther, but that is par for the course in these observations.
So … a danger? Or hysteria?
Here are some news reports that highlight the possible sensation:
- Belfast Telegraph – Is big cat on the prowl in Co Down?
- Irish Mirror – Big cat fears as farmers find sheep who were victims of “violent animal attacks”
- u.tv – ‘Big cat’ sightings reported in Co Down
And in totally unrelated, but nonetheless weird, news: Walkers at Cave Hill beauty spot shocked as naked woman poses for pictures – they were so shocked that they took pictures themselves and too shocked to report it to the police. And I like how “tasteful” comes in.