The Fen Tiger has been spotted roaming in the Cambridgeshire countryside for more than 30 years but very few pictures have captured the sheer scale of the mysterious creature – until now. Jamie Newby, 46 from Wisbech and his fiancée Hayley noticed the big cat about 400 years away from their AirBnB in Ipswich. The shocked holidaymaker then quickly took out his camera to film the animal as it sat in long grass before noticing something amongst the greenery.
Mr Newby said he was struck by the size of the animal, which he says looked bigger than a labrador.
He told Cambridgeshire Live: “Our first thought was maybe it was a Muntjac deer as we had seen one the day before in the same field.
“It was my fiancée who said that it looked like a big cat. We grabbed some binoculars the owner had left in the room.
“I grabbed my camera and used the zoom function to film what you can see in the footage.
“Sadly my memory card was only 2GB and the footage maxed the card out and my camera shut down as it pounced on or killed something.
“Only after searching online did we see it could have been a Scottish Wild Cat.
He added: “The size of it instantly struck me. I’d seen a dog walker walking a Labrador in the same exact spot the day before and the cat looked bigger than that.
“The neck, the muscle mass. I’ve read a little more about them and they do hunt early between 6-7am and they like staying on the perimeter of fields.”
The footage appears to show a large cat, with markings similar to a tabby.
The Fen Tiger was first reported in 1982 in Cottenham and since then hundreds of sightings of the big cat have been recorded across the Cambridgeshire region.
Residents called police 63 times from 1998 to 2010 about the mysterious creature and dozens of reports have been recorded since.
In 2017, a man reported seeing a large cat dash across his path as he was driving in the wilds of Cambridgeshire.
He said the mystery creature was the size of a Labrador and dark-brown in colouring.
Steve Lawrence who reported the incident said: “Suddenly out of the grass verge on the right hand side this great big cat leapt out.
“There were two lanes of road and in three bounds it was on the other side.
“I’m 100 per cent convinced it was a big feline. Although it’s like the size of a Labrador, I’m expecting it was something quite huge.
“I think it was a juvenile puma or a panther type animal.”
Big cats have also been spotted in other locations around the UK, with sightings in Cumrbia, Cornwall and Hertfordshire.