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what you find when out walking

When you are walking or driving in the countryside its always pleasant to come across something rare or unusual .I have come cross dead foxes,badgers ,rabbits etc as well as live ones,especially in those quite corners of nowhere .We once were walking on a very hot day with the dogs a collie and a black lab up through a wood at up cerne,this was a few years ago,it was boiling and the grass was really dry,the time being midday in summer.We came across a badger making his way up embankment unaware we there,a little later we were crossing a field and I looked to the left at what I thought was a black post which my husband was pointing to, in hushed voice saying he had seen it move,with that the head turned the eyes yellow with slits. looked at us,(good job it was a little way off) I indicated we better move slowly but with haste out of sight into the lane ,make what you will but I think it might of been  a big cat and not your domestic feline type,and I haven't seen anything like it since.image



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  • I  found a toddler once at the edge of a country lane ,He let me pick him up and I went to the first cottage some way down the lane,(the lane was stony and ditches both sides) and the lady did not the toddler and we walked half a mile down the lane to a cottage where a car with a door was open in the drive way.The mother came out in total shock she thought he was still a sleep in the car seat,she burst into tears.I was glad to get the baby back to his mum but he could easily have disappeared into nowhere. 

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  • Years ago I was driving from my folks back to the farm I lived on and was going along a coastal road. I came round the corner to find a large black animal in my lights in the road. It was the size of an alsatian and the light caught its eyes they were yellow like a cat. I never saw it again but it leapt on all fours over a hedge of about 4 foot in height and bounded off across the fields. image I got the fright of my life. 

    Before I left the farm i used to walk down the river everyday. Saw badgers, otters, foxes, buzzards, salmon, trout, deer, and sometimes owls used to sit in front of my cottage. I saw a pine martin in October last year just before I took the bike off the road. I almost ran the wee devil over. He ran out, sat up and then watched me swerve round him.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,800

    Sam, a friend of mine had a very similar experience about 25 years ago in Mid Suffolk/Waveney area, with a large black cat leaping 'sideways' over a hedge.  

    And I've seen a 'black panther' - it was early in the morning in late August - the cat was walking though a field of straw bales so I could easily tell that it was much bigger than the bales - it was in the area between Grantham and Nottingham (but I wasn't walking, I was a passenger in a car, so it doesn't count!image) .

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • The black cat we saw at Up Cerne was big and that very hot day was sitting sunny himself ,and we were afraid that day.At Churchill on the mendips where I ride we had a scare for awhile of a big cat,which in fairness it could hide very well there but it was never caught and we never saw it out riding.imageas for finding a toddler,well its the only one I found in a country lane others have been wandering roads in town!

  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    About a year or so ago I was walking my 2 dogs in the woods (Blackstank Woods) opposite Ben Rinnes in Banffshire


    Came round the bend, and saw a dead deers head in the pathway (well I guess it would be dead I hear you cryimage)


    Didn't phase me, but I thought it quite gross that the poacher / hunter had obviously just taken the carcass minus the head.  Strangely enough also, was that my 2 dogs just walked straight past itimage

  • A deer has to be blead? bled? very quickly after death so the meat stays good. Sounds like a poucher cause quickest was is cut the head off. Legs etc can be stewed for stock then bones to the dogs. Heads a wee bit more to get rid of. Im not a fan of poachers image
  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    Me neither Glendinning


    I often hear shooting from where I live, but it goes with the territory I guess.  I have to bite my tongue very hardimage

  • I remember 6 years ago i was walking along the river and saw a poacher. I looked over and walked on. 3 days later he was caught by the water board and questioned. He knew where i lived and on christmas eve (6 days after he was caught) my 9 year old cat was killed on the road. I collected his little body and burried him on christmas morning. Old years night I went to my local pub with friends and he was there. He looked over at me and pulled his sleeve up and he had my cats collar on his wrist. He shouted 'Aye, nae yin reports me ti the polis fir whit a dae' I was carried out the pub by three people. I lost it and went for him. He just laughed. I have never gone for anyone but him, I would happily have hurt and as a pagan...its against all we believe, but the fact he had killed my cat and I didnt report was the elderly gentleman on the farm who did. My poor boy took the penelty for someone trying to do right. It was the hardest thing to move last year off the farm and leave Bracken behind. We had been through 4 house moves, death of my best freind, my grandma and a divorce. He knew when I was sad and would always be there for cuddle when I needed one. I have no time for poachers. If you are trying to feed your family...i can accept. But to kill for illegal money, I dont agree with.

    Sorry for the rant. on a good note, I saw my first fox and owl in the village last night image
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