Woodchester Park Deer Killing
4th January 2012

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Walkers on National Trust land near Selsey Hill were shocked to discover an eviscerated deer carcass on the 4th January 2012.

Its abdomen had been opened and organs - including the heart and liver - were missing, presumed eaten. Most tellingly, the deer's snout was severed. This was a critical clue, as big cats are known to clamp their jaws around those of their prey. Pictures of the deer's body can be seen on the website of the Stroud  News and Journal.

Dr. Robin Allaby - a professor of life sciences at Warwick University - was called in, along with two of the UK's best known big cat hunters/experts and saliva samples were sent for testing to help identify the killer. A photograph of the corpse was sent to a big cat expert in South Africa who declared it to be the work of a panther or puma.

As yet, the results of the tests are unknown.

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 20th January 2012 | © Weird Island 2010-2019
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