Merthyr pet owners warned after big cat on the loose

Tuesday, 6th December 2011

People in Merthyr Tydfil who buy pet food should try to keep their animals indoors as there have been sightings of big cats in the area.

According to Wales Online, there have been sightings of a “panther-like” creature prowling the outskirts of the town.

One person described the animal as being much bigger than an Irish Setter, black, a head like a Boxer dog and a long tail.

Big cat expert Danny Nineham said there have been increasing number of big cat sightings in towns and cities as they follow prey, such as foxes, into urban areas.

He told the news provider: “When you have got these retail parks, a cat doesn’t know what it is, it only sees it as a potential source of food.

“I would advise people living locally to keep their pets indoors as much as possible, because pet attacks make up a lot of the incidents reported to us.”