THE ‘Pontybodkin puma’ has been caught on camera for a fourth time as a massive black cat was seen stalking through a field.
The big beast was spotted prowling through the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales in broad daylight on Monday afternoon.
The ‘Pontybodkin puma’ has been caught on camera for a fourth time
But a shocked dog walker who shot the video said he believes the animal he saw was a panther rather than a puma.
It comes after multiple sightings were reported of a large puma-like creature skulking through ground near the I’m A Celebrity castle in the Welsh hills.
Stephen – who didn’t want to give his surname – said: “I spotted a large black cat in the field opposite where I was walking my dog”.
In the video, he can be heard saying: “That’s massive! That’s a big cat that.”
BIG CAT TERROR
The cat can be seen lurking in a field as Stephen filmed it around 12.15pm.
It follow previous sightings in the Pontybodkin and Pontblyddyn areas in December as well as another in nearby Nercwys.
A monitoring group called Puma Watch North Wales was set up after a series of mystery sheep killings across the countryside.
Tony Jones, the group’s founder, who has been documenting and investigating the sightings, said: “This is one of the best videos we’ve seen.
The puma was seen prowling through the Welsh countryside on Monday
A dog walker filmed the puma as it skulked across a field
“It seems a better demonstration of both the size and the cat-like movement of its walk than any I’ve seen before from North Wales.
“Also think it’s pretty surreal that it’s yet another Pontybodkin sighting.
“I think this makes four in as many months – and that’s actual Pontybodkin, without counting all the sightings across the region the national press tend to claim is the same animal.
“Not that it couldn’t be the same animal with the distance they can travel.
This is one of the best videos we’ve seen. It seems a better demonstration of both the size and the cat-like movement of its walk than any I’ve seen before from North Wales
Tony Jones, Puma North Wales founder
“But it seems more likely to me that regular sightings 20 miles away would be other animals, than one which pops up all over but keeps returning to Pontybodkin.”
The animal has been spotted within a 30-mile radius of Gwrych Castle where last year’s ITV hit show I’m a Celebrity was filmed.
Last month, a top Tory called for an urgent investigation into sightings of the prowling creature “before someone gets hurt”.
Darren Millar said multiple reports of the big cat are “a real concern”.
A big beast was seen prowling near through the countryside in Trelogan, Flintshire, sparking calls from a top Tory for an urgent probeCredit: Wales News Service
There have been several sightings of the beast within a 30-mile radius of the I’m A Celeb castle Gwrych CastleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Th incident was filmed by shocked onlooker Jonathan Terry – who was amazed after seeing the animal close to his home.
Jonathan said: “I saw it out of the corner of my eye through the kitchen window overlooking the fields behind the house.
“Filmed as I have been reading about these sightings and it looked far too big to be a regular cat and was more like the size of a sheep or possibly bigger.”
‘SIZE OF A LABRADOR’
It followed other sightings of a black “dog-sized” cat 20 miles away in Pontybodkin.
He recalled: “Maybe 50 or 60 feet away was an enormous black cat looking right at me.
“I took a photo then turned around and quickly walked back. I wanted to start running but was worried it’d give chase.
“I’m convinced that it was a puma. It was about two or three times the size of my little Labrador.”
There have been a string of big cat sightings across Wales and England in recent years, stretching from Cornwall to Cumbria.
In November, a dog walker came across a mystery large black animal
Toby said the animal he spotted was two or three times the size of a LabradorCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Paw prints were found in Rhiwlas, Bangor last yearCredit: Wales News Service
Big cat tracks were also discovered in Meliden, PrestatynCredit: Wales News Service