Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 17th, 2011
Australian feral cats (above and below).
Ivan Sanderson and I use to talk about the reports heard in the 1960s of giant wild cats, domestic felids roaming in rural areas said to be huge. Now out of Australia, comes a contemporary account of such large felines.
Damage done by feral cats to Australian wildlife, including the brush-tail rabbit-rat. Photo: M. Evans.
A gang of feral cats “the size of dogs” has been terrorizing a neighborhood in the Australian city of Brisbane for more than a year, the City South News reported Thursday.
Residents in the suburb of Moorooka say they have been scratched, bitten, hissed at and intimidated several times by the feral felines.
Marlene Jans was taking her five-month-old fox terrier for a walk last Monday when two of the huge cats attacked.
“I was crossing the road, it was dark and I couldn’t see them,” Jans said. “Then, bam! One came at my dog, one came at me. One was biting my leg. I went for my dog because she was screaming.
“I had to kick them away. I was really scared and I was dripping blood.”
Her wound later became infected and she is now terrified to venture out at night.Source
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.