Hmm… the professor seems to have seen some really big kitties.
“Pet cats are turning feral and growing to more than 4ft in the wild, a British professor has claimed in the wake of the furore over a lion on the loose in Essex.”
Pet cats are turning feral and growing to more than 4ft in the wild, a British professor has claimed.
Stephen Harris, professor of environmental sciences at Bristol University, said that since wolves and other large animals had become extinct in the UK, a gap had opened for a large predator.
He believes the niche could be being filled by previously domesticated cats which have turned feral and grown to large sizes.
It may explain sightings of the so-called Essex lion which was apparently spotted in Clacton-on-sea over the weekend.
While lions, leopards and pumas are unlikely to be found on the prowl in Britain, a number of pet cats turned feral could be causing the confusion, claims Professor Harris.
The domestic animals can be as long as 4ft from nose to tip of tail in Britain and Mr Harris claimed he had seen domestic cats growing to more than 5ft in Australia.