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Pet cats are turning feral and growing to more than 4ft in the wild, a British professor has claimed.

Stephen Harris, professor of environmental sciences at Bristol University, said that since wolves and other large animals had become extinct in the UK, a gap had opened for a large predator.

He believes the niche could be being filled by previously domesticated cats which have turned feral and grown to large sizes.

It may explain sightings of the so-called Essex lion which was apparently spotted in Clacton-on-sea over the weekend.

While lions, leopards and pumas are unlikely to be found on the prowl in Britain, a number of pet cats turned feral could be causing the confusion, claims Professor Harris.

The domestic animals can be as long as 4ft from nose to tip of tail in Britain and Mr Harris claimed he had seen domestic cats growing to more than 5ft in Australia.

Prof Harris, said:

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OMG KITTY!!!!
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I like how the picture of the cat looks zoomed in and out of focus to give a unrealistic view.
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Maybe it(they) are cougars that have been smuggled in. Most likely just sensationalist nonsense.

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I think it's just the Cheshire cat from [i]Alice In Wonderland[/i]. :shifty:
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Makes you wonder what in the world they're putting in the Meow Mix to cause their sizes.
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[quote name='Lord Venom' timestamp='1346282137' post='595133609']
Makes you wonder what in the world they're putting in the Meow Mix to cause their sizes.
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Gamma rays. :p
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Well you're getting Rats the size of small dogs now so why can't cats get bigger to out gun them so to speak?
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Cats filling a gap left by Wolves? Yea I can totally see a pack of cats taking down a Deer...... :rofl:

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But, but most cats have 4 feet.
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[quote name='Shiranui' timestamp='1346289294' post='595133865']
But, but most cats have 4 feet.
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This is gold!

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[quote]But by yesterday the
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Foxy.

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People need to throw away all old junkie cameras.
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[quote name='McKay' timestamp='1346287905' post='595133837']
Cats filling a gap left by Wolves? Yea I can totally see a pack of cats taking down a Deer...... :rofl:
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Deer might weight up to 200 lbs the average doe around 150 lbs, cats can easily kill animals up to 4 times their weight. In other words, a large cat could easily take down a small to medium sized deer. Don't underestimate 4 claws and a sharp set of fangs.

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i want one! someone domesticate them again!
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^ You can probably ride a 4-footer ! :laugh:

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I want one!

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Ive seen them once
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We do not shoot feral cats dead in Australia, they are caught be non-lethal means, checked to see if they are microchipped if there is no collar (might be someone's lost pet), checked by a vet, if they are indeed feral and not in good health, they will be put down by lethal injection. If they are good health they will be put up for adoption. If they don't get adopted they are put down by lethal injection also.

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