Is a LEOPARD on the hunt in a tiny Wiltshire village?

Is a LEOPARD on the hunt in a tiny Wiltshire village? Photo appears to show deadly big cat but some are unconvinced

  • Photos appear to show a leopard stalking Codford village in Wiltshire
  • Locals said the cat was ‘eerily still’ before running off after photos were taken
  • But others claim it is not a real leopard and is just a toy or ornament instead 

Photos have emerged of a ‘leopard’ which was spotted stalking a tiny village – although some locals claim it’s a toy or an ornament.

The large spotted feline was seen hunched below a grass burrow in a park in Codford in Wiltshire.

One local had been taking a lunchtime stroll last Thursday when he noticed the predator and decided to take a photo.

The large cat was said to have stayed ‘eerily still’ before running off just seconds after the photo had been taken. But other locals claim it’s not a real leopard – but a toy or ornament.

The eyewitness said: ‘I was walking with my mate and its colouring caught the corner of my eye. At first I thought ‘Is that a dog? Is that a large swan?’ I stopped walking and turned over to look at it.

‘It was hunched over and I thought something wasn’t right. Your obvious instinct is to run but then I thought why would it go for me when there’s other people who have been walking around.

Photos have emerged of a ‘leopard’ which was spotted stalking a tiny village – although some locals are claiming that it is just a toy or an ornament

The large spotted feline was seen hunched below a grass burrow in a park in Codford in Wiltshire. One local had been taking a lunchtime stroll last Thursday when he noticed the predator and decided to take a photo

‘It just kept its low profile and was crouched down so I decided to get my phone out.

‘I went to get my phone out to take a video. I’m more of a cogs and whistle man and clearly am not tech savvy as I took a photo.

‘I went to take another one and it had just ran off. After that I turned to my mate and said ‘what the f*** just happened?’ It was just sitting there like some sort of apex predator looking like it was on the hunt.

‘I have no idea what it had its eyes on. It’s staring right into the camera when you look at the picture.

‘The thing about Wiltshire it is so rural and I’ve read about spottings near railway lines. If we were near Longleat or anything like that I would have sh*t myself thinking one had escaped.

‘I sent it to my friend who put it in a forum and there were people saying it had been photoshopped.

‘I can just about work my way around the internet. I wouldn’t even know how to open and fiddle around with photoshop.

‘It was just the most bizarre yet fascinating encounter I’ve had.’

Social media users have poured in with comments on the spotted cat, with some people telling tales of their own sightings.

The large cat was said to have stayed ‘eerily still’ before running off just seconds after the photo had been taken. But other locals claim it’s not a real leopard – but a toy or ornament

One said: ‘It’s a stuffed toy! Or an ornament.’

Another user on Facebook said: ‘Lots of wildcats roam England now and Wiltshire is one of those places!! A few thousand of them reportedly now.

‘Silly people get them as pets and then abandon them when they realise they can’t look after them.’

Another said: ‘I encountered an extremely large black cat up Twmbarlwm when I was 11! Me and few of my friends witnessed it!

‘We legged it home and to this day nobody believed us! But we all knew what we saw!’

One user spoke of a big cat wandering the streets when they were young. She said: ‘When I was 10 I saw a black panther in one of the fields behind the school when I was walking in from a PE lesson.

‘My mum saw one wander down the street, as well as an early morning dog walker seeing it drinking from the local pond all around the same time! It’s since moved on as no further sightings of it since!’

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