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Shooters Hill Big Cat (1963)
On 18 July 1963 a large cat was seen by a lorry driver traveling up the western side of Shooters Hill. He saw what he thought was an injured animal, possibly a dog and stopped to give it assistance. The animal got up and fled into the woods. It had a curled tail and was golden in colour. It had some prey in its mouth and it appears that the driver disturbed ait whilst it was feeding.
After being reported to the Police a search began and at one point the ‘cheetah’ was seen by a constable as it jumped over his cars bonnet.
Claw marks on a tree were reported on the southeastern slope of Shooters Hill.