Devon 'big cat' on the loose in 1903

  • 25 April 2013
Lynx

Take a look at this ferocious-looking feline - it's a Canadian lynx! Scientists reckon it was on the loose in Devon over a 100 years ago.

The creature's remains were donated to Bristol Museum in 1903, and have only just been rediscovered and identified.

It's thought the lynx escaped or was set free from captivity before prowling around fields in the South West.

It will now go on display at Bristol Museum.

Dr Ross Barnett, who helped analyse the big cat's remains said: "I've seen one of these cats in the wild."

"They are pretty impressive cats - they are a reasonable size, and they have lots of fluffy fur which makes them look even bigger. They have sharp claws, teeth and strong muscles."