Teenage campers spot huge ‘panther’ feeding on ‘dead sheep’ in UK countryside

There are fears that a panther could be prowling the Peak District after a teenage camper captured shock video footage of a big cat eating a "dead sheep".

Josh Williams, 17, had been wild camping with his friend Ben Burns when they spotted the huge animal in a field near the Jacob's Ladder beauty spot in Edale last week, before grabbing his mobile phone and filming it.

The creature sounded as if it was feasting on the carcass of another animal with Josh saying: "We were both confused when we first saw it. We stood staring at it and questioning what it could be for around five minutes before I decided to start recording so that I could zoom in and get a better look.

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“We tried attracting its attention so that it would turn and face us, so that we could get a better understanding of what we were looking at. We honestly had no idea what it could be if not a big cat.

"It was in a field of sheep with no different animals around, and it appeared to have a long black tail, so it definitely wasn’t a sheep.

"We didn’t hear much noise coming from the wild cat, just the occasional crunch, which made me think it was feeding on something like a dead animal – most likely a sheep.

"We could instantly tell it was something different the moment we laid eyes on it – we both saw it at the same time and gave each other a confused look. I could tell we were both thinking the same thing.

"The animals around it were seemingly unbothered, but they were certainly keeping their distance, as if they were used to this happening.

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"It was eerie. The massive contrast to its surroundings gave it away – the jet black silhouette stuck out amongst its surroundings like a sore thumb."

Josh and Ben tried to catch the wild cat’s attention, but were reluctant to enter the field in fear of their own safety.

"We were standing looking at the animal for around 10 minutes trying to get its attention, but it didn’t budge – it just kept doing the exact same thing it was doing in the video," Josh added.

"We didn’t go closer as we were behind a fence and didn’t want to run the risk of becoming cat food.

"It just remained in the same position as we walked away. I was glad I managed to capture it on video after the event unfolded as I knew that nobody would believe me if I told them I had seen a panther in the Peak District the first time I went camping."


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