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PURR-PETRATOR on the prowl; PANTHER, PUMA OR LYNX? - HUGE FOOTPRINT GIVES CITY COUPLE PAWS FOR THOUGHT.

Byline: GARETH LEWIS

IT has the makings of a classic movie - Bigfoot has returned and this time he's on the prowl in Keresley End.

Next to the huge paw prints John and Rosina Geiran found in a recently dug soil bed, the dainty marks made by the domestic cat pale into insignificance.

The 60-year-old couple discovered the pug marks, looking like those of a cat but four inches wide and almost as deep, in the well-tended back garden of their Colyere Close home, next to acres of open fields.

Could they be those of the panther-like creature sporadically sighted across Coventry, Warwickshire and other big cat hotspots throughout the country?

It has certainly given John paws for thought.

He said: "These kind of animals will hide in a thicket all day and just come out at night. No-one will ever see them, except poachers, but they must be out there.

"The pattern of the prints look like the way a cat walks but they are far too big and far apart to be a domestic cat."

John said he had heard there had been similar sightings in the Keresley End area from time to time. He also claims that years ago he spotted a lion.

He said: "I was on a train going to Henley in Arden when I saw a lion in the field. I was going to point it out but thought no-one would believe me. But then I read about all these other sightings."

PAW PRINTS OF THE PAST

LAST year Beryl Davison, aged 65, of Allesley Old Road, Chapelfields, told how she gazed into her garden to find a black panther-like creature staring back.

She watched as the animal leaped in one bound over the fence bordering her semi-detached property and disappeared.

IN 2000 cousins Luke Ellis and Joshua Nash came face-to-face with a puma-like animal while playing in Burnsall Road woods, Canley.

SOON after four-inch paw prints were found in the garden of Mercott Bulpitt, of Cavendish Road, Tile Hill.

ON another occasion a man said he saw an animal the size of a great dane lying in front of him in Longford Park.

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THE CLAWS ARE OUT: John and Rosina Geiran, both aged 60, looking at the large paw prints found the back garden of their home in Colyere Close, Keresley End. The marks measure four inches wide and almost as deep. Picture: JAMES BALFOUR; DISCOVERY: The mysterious paw prints
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