One of England’s most feared Alien Big Cats has finally been identified. Stories of the Beast of Bodmin Moor, a large panther-like creature that kills and mutilates cattle, have struck fear in the hearts of farmers, residents and bovines in this area of northeastern Cornwall along the River Fowey since the first reports started in 1983. Now, a recently-released British government probe has finally found the feared feline of Fowey folklore. Not to mention a government cover-up.
In 1995, in response to numerous reports of sightings of and mutilations by what came to be known as the Beast of Bodmin Moor, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food spent the equivalent of 84,000 pounds ($131,000) in today’s currency on a six-month probe to find the beast. The money was spent on elaborate surveillance and multiple staged reconstructions of the big cat’s reported movements. Photographs and videos taken by witnesses were scrutinized carefully.
After six months, the results were in and the Ministry determined that the Beast of Bodmin Moor was … a common 12-inch-tall house cat. Since the government couldn’t admit that it spent so much money hunting a house cat, it said the results were inconclusive and they were unable to prove that alien big cats were “not present” and then buried the report until it was uncovered recently by Sheffield Hallam University journalism professor David Clarke.
As always, legends are tough to kill. Later in 1995, a skull with large fangs and possible remains of a big cat were found in the River Fowey. The Natural History Museum in South Kensington confirmed that it was the skull of a young male leopard … one that had been brought to England as a leopard-skin rug. In 1998, a 20-second video of a big cat was released (photo above is from it) and as recently as last year, Henry Warren of Cornwall took a photo of an animal that was “absolutely massive and was hopping up and down like a large cat - there's no way it was a fox or a dog”
Was the Beast of Bodmin Moor a house cat concealed by a government cover-up or does an Alien Big Cat still roam the shores of the River Fowey looking for lunch in all the wrong places?