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Beast Of Bodmin Mystery Solved?
7:05am 16th December 2014
It turns out Bodmin might not have such a big beast after all.
A new government file claims it is, in fact, just a cat.
The six month investigation cost £84,000 and found that it is just a twelve inch tall domestic cat.
Experts examined photos and videos, and staged reconstructions.
The beast of Bodmin Moor was said to be first spotted more than 30 years ago with at least 60 reported sightings.
People believe there could be more big cats on the loose on the moor.
Jenny from Bodmin reckons she has seen it, she said: "I was driving down from Liskeard past Taphouse, and it just went from a ditch. This to me was not a cat, it was too big, and it wasn't of the description you hear a lot of people give of it.
"It had a very slinky look to it, almost like a seal colour. Although that could have been because the rain had flattened its coat. I just accepted it as it went past. I thought 'Oh there's the beast of Bodmin.'"
Danny Bamping is from the British Big Cats Society. He thinks the study's conclusion is flawed: "I've been doing this 20 years and I can tell you categorically there are a lot of big cats and exotic cats in Britain.
"There are certainly cats in Devon and Cornwall and, for the last 30 years, the governmnet has been covering it up.
"We've already got scientific proof and we've already got several bodies so I'm not sure how far they want us to go to prove they exist before the actually protect them.
"People tend to forget the Loch Ness monster probably doesn't exist - but it's protected under European law."7:05am 16th December 2014
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