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The Catman of Greenock.  I'm not sure we have a catagory for this in the gazetteer yet.  Seriously though, if this is real, then what does it say about our society where we can let someone get in such a state.

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Re: The Catman of Greenock

Yeh, I find this quite distressing Ian if it is real.  Thanks for posting it.  I am actually struggling to accept that this could be real and there is a man out there living like that.  It's a shame.

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Intriguing.. The Greenock Catman legend seems well established but, I'm sceptical towards this video. These days, when practically everyone has a mobile phone or a pocket digital camera on their person, I'm surprised that we haven't been subjected to a constant trickle of video footage and images of the Catman.

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Re: The Catman of Greenock

According to locals he was taken in by social services, put in an institution but then released for reasons unknown.

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Re: The Catman of Greenock

Not really sure what to make of this - I doubt someone could survive like that for long they would die of exposure, 
 
- or catch weils disease

Seems to be thriving on the diet though

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Well Daniel, you have a point: it seems really strange. As it seems strange the many histories told by locals contradict themselves.
I remember seeing a similar individual many years ago in Bath (I was still living in Wales so it must have been at least twenty years ago). This fellow fed on raw meat and usually hung near the Great Bath. Guess each town, village and city must have a "colorful" character.

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Re: The Catman of Greenock

When I was growing up there were certainly  characters who lived rough, one used to live in a pill box that was left over from a prisoner of war camp from the WW2 although he did not live there all the time. When I worked in a pub in Manchester I was often tasked with throwing out a local (tramp was the term used back then) who used to come in the pub to drink left over beers - he was actually very clever but was obviously mentally ill and had an odour that would make your eyes water. - he was notorious about the area. It actually used to remind me of the Jethro Tull Song Aqualung, as he had a resemblance to the picture on the record sleeve.

But from this clip - how could someone so unhinged survive unless they did stay somewhere, or were in care - they would never get through a winter or even a cold wet night, especially with what I know about hypothermia.

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I found this: http://current.com/items/88792802_the-catman-of-greenock-rough-edit.htm It seems this may be a true story.

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I live in Greenock and I can vouch the Catman exists. He has several spots he stays in, behind the shops at the bus station or around the abandoned warehouses. the local takeaways leave stuff out for him and every now and again you will find new blankets by one of his areas that someone has left for him. He was institutionalised once but couldnt handle it. He doesnt like people but the people here make sure hes taken care of as much as he chooses to be. Cups of tea or soup will be left in certain spots, food. I know one woman who drops him off a meal every saturday evening on her way to bingo and she makes sure he has a hat when it gets cold. I suppose its the true definaition of care in the Community.

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Is he still alive... Last time i saw him was about 1997... He was lying through a hole in the fence in scott lane... Half on the path and half in the grass/bushes... I got the fright of my life when i saw him... He was eating some biscuits someone must have left him



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