Woman injured in 'big cat' attack

  Seth Haniel 12:47 19 Dec 2008
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An elderly woman has reported being attacked by a large cat in the Highlands.

Pat MacLeod, 74, from Ardross Road in Alness, told police she was injured by a 3ft-long cat while putting out her bins earlier this week.

Mrs MacLeod, who suffered deep cuts to her legs and cuts and scratches on her hands, needed stitches in hospital.

Police and Scottish Natural Heritage are trying to trace the cat, which has been described as grey coloured.

Mrs MacLeod said it was the second time she had been attacked by a cat outside her home and on this occasion the animal sprang at her as soon as she made eye contact.

she said the "shockingly strong" cat managed to drag her some distance and expressed concern about what might happen if a child encountered the animal.

  Clapton is God 13:01 19 Dec 2008

"A force spokesman said there had previously been sightings of big cats in the area"

He went on to say "there have also been sightings of a large beastie in the Loch Ness area, but only after people have had a wee dram or nine, the noo".

  laurie53 20:30 19 Dec 2008

Latest theory is a hybrid of a feral cat and a wildcat.

There are some very pessimistic estimates of the number of pure bred wildcats still in Scotland.

  Macscouse 20:36 19 Dec 2008

The mother in law was over that way the other night. Her cat must have jumped off her broomstick.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 09:03 20 Dec 2008

'the "shockingly strong" cat managed to drag her some distance'....am I the only one who belives this to be utter tosh. The woman is clearly deluded.

G

  newman35 09:12 20 Dec 2008

Unless, of course, she was an emaciated height challenged lady, or had been taking the Christmas spirit early? (As one is known to do in those parts, at this time of year - perhaps at ANY time of year!) (;-)

  Forum Editor 09:30 20 Dec 2008

with some degree of certainty that a Scottish wildcat, weighing around 17lbs maximum, would have some difficulty in dragging a woman any distance at all, never mind 'some distance', no matter how 'shockingly strong' it was.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 09:48 20 Dec 2008

click here has no mention of the mad woman being 'pulled' by the beastie, nor does she look emaciated...click here personally I would be phoning the local asylum to pick her up or be enrolling her into an alcoholics anonymous course. The story is utter rubbish, enhanced by a feeble mind.

G

  GANDALF <|:-)> 11:28 20 Dec 2008

..she has probably seen UFOs as well.

G

  Mr Mistoffelees 11:36 20 Dec 2008

"..she has probably seen UFOs as well."

I wonder how many times she has "seen" Nessie?

  tammer 12:50 20 Dec 2008

Pat Macleod, part time worker for the Scottish Tourist Board, said that you may also spot a haggis or two scampering about in the fields at this time of year and in this economic climate.....

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