In early July 2010 an escaped panther was accused of savaging a horse being kept inside stables at Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.
The horse's owner, Rachel Baugh, told the Sun: "At first I thought it was a bite from another horse on his back. But when I looked more closely I could see really deep wounds on his rump and his back. I called the vet right away." Patches in the grass nearby suggested a big cat had been lying in wait, preparing to attack.
Big cat sightings occur from time to time across the UK. Danny Bamping, of the British Big Cat Organisation, said: "There have been a couple of cases in West Wales where a similar attack has taken place. Having seen the photos I'm 95 per cent sure the injuries are the result of a big cat attack."