The bleak, forbidding moors of Britain's most South Westerly corner are the realm of the Beast of Bodmin. This cryptic felid is alleged to prey on sheep and so 'real' is it that in November 1999 a team of Cornish RAF reserves, equipped with night vision equipment spent an evening on the moors, seeking the elusive cat. Inevitably, they returned empty handed.
Although dismissed as having no basis in reality by a 1995 report compiled by experts for the Ministry of Agriculture, Farm and Fisheries, the beast has been seen many times in its lonely haunt among the tors and peaks of the moor, and has been blamed for many livestock deaths in the area.
In 2011, the beast showed no sign of recognising its own non-existence by turning up at Trewithen Gardens.