Jan 28, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

Scottish Alien Big Cat Being Called the Beast of Ormiston

One of the many things Edinburgh, Scotland, is famous for is the Festival Fringe, but it’s no festival for dog walkers on the fringe of the city limits where a man walking his canines recently recorded a black alien big cat spooking a herd of deer.


Barry Pearson walks his dogs near Ormiston, Scotland, in the council area of East Lothian which borders Edinburgh. On the afternoon of January 19, he was out with Riley and Jules, a cross-breed and an Alsatian (the British name for a German shepherd) when he noticed something unusual - six deer quickly changing directions while running away from him and the dogs across a field. Near where they made their sudden course correction was what looked like a large black cat with a few white markings.

I first thought it was a collie dog but when I took a closer look it was definitely feline. It was about the size between a Collie and an Alsatian. I was about half a football pitch away from it but if I had been a bit closer to it I might have been a bit frightened. It was very strange but very intriguing … I know it was from a distance, but when I saw it sitting in the field it was definitely bigger than a household cat.

No one else saw the big cat but that hasn’t stopped it from being called the Beast of Ormiston by locals who remember a number of other recent sightings in the area. In fact, from October 2009 to April 2012, seven big cats were reported in the Lothians with two of them near Edinburgh. Add those to the more than 140 big cat sightings across Scotland since 2010 and it’s a wonder anyone walks their dogs there at all.

Yes, I know it's a blurry picture but he was about 55 yards away and holding two big dogs who obviously saw something too. Did Barry see a black alien big cat? A stray black Labrador? Something else? As Ormiston community councillor Cathy Jess put it …

… it could be anything.

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Quit complaining and go get a better picture yourself

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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