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Dad petrified as ‘big cat’ bolts at son in UK woods known as hotspot for sightings

Harry Abonyi, 11, was cycling with his dad Martin in a forest near the south Yorkshire village of Cantley on Wednesday evening and his father says a big cat ‘darted’ towards the boy

The black ‘big cat’ was mistaken for a large dog before the dad says it started to move (stock photo)

A dad claims a threatening “big cat” bolted towards his young son while they were on a bike ride, leaving the family shaken.

He says the large animal approached them in woods in Doncaster, Yorkshire, after appearing from nowhere.

Harry Abonyi, 11, was enjoying a day out when when dad Martin noticed a “huge creature” lurking.

He says he originally thought it was a large black dog before the worried father says his worst fears were realized. After returning home he found out the Black Carr Plantation area was a “hotbed” for sightings.

He told the Yorkshire Post: “As we rounded a corner I saw out of the corner of my eye a large black animal sprinting out from the cover of the woods heading directly for my son, running diagonally to head him off.







The sighting was reported near to Doncaster
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“I was a bit concerned at the animal’s intentions at this stage, but when I looked back to see if it was close to my son, the animal had disappeared.

“It looked like a very large cat and not a dog, there were no owners or other people in sight or earshot – the animal also had to traverse a short section of bracken and undergrowth to get to my son, so the only conclusion I could draw was that it saw me coming, aborted its attack and was laying up in the bracken.”

The sighting comes after a string of reports from residents who claim they have previously seen a “panther” and a “huge 5ft black cat” in the area.







There have been a number of sightings of the ‘black cat’ near to the M18
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Last month, font confirmed they received eyewitness reports of a cat resembling a “puma” in Somerset.

He followed witness accounts of “caracals” and “pumas” roaming the countryside in Devon and Cornwall.

Avon and Somerset Police said: “Following a search of call logs in 2021 for the text ‘big cat’, one report has been identified with a recorded location of either Somerset or Bath.

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“In relation to the report identified, the description recorded was, ‘large puma/panther type cat’.

“The location recorded was, ‘Witham Friary area’ within the Local Policing Area of ​​Somerset East.

“The call was resolved without deployment by Avon and Somerset Police. No information regarding whether this was confirmed or not has been recorded.”

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