Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I am tough but not that tough

BBC news report

Woman injured in 'big cat' attack

Pat MacLeod
Ms MacLeod required stitches for deep cuts on her leg

An elderly woman has reported being attacked by a large cat in the Highlands.

Pat MacLeod, 74, from Ardross Road in Alness, told police she was injured by a 3ft-long cat while putting out her bins earlier this week.

Mrs MacLeod, who suffered deep cuts to her legs and cuts and scratches on her hands, needed stitches in hospital.

Police and Scottish Natural Heritage are trying to trace the cat, which has been described as grey coloured.

Mrs MacLeod said it was the second time she had been attacked by a cat outside her home and on this occasion the animal sprang at her as soon as she made eye contact.

'Shockingly strong'

She said the "shockingly strong" cat managed to drag her some distance and expressed concern about what might happen if a child encountered the animal.

Northern Constabulary said an unprovoked attack would be very uncharacteristic of a Scottish wildcat and suggested that the animal may be a hybrid of a domestic and feral cat.

A force spokesman said there had previously been sightings of big cats in the area, but no reports of attacks.

Police have advised anyone who sees a "unusually large" cat not to approach it or feed it.


Gandalf and Grayson said...

ohmygosh! That is very, very scairty! She was akshully dragged? Yikes!

We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Faz!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

That is scary! It's good she escaped.

castle diva said...

We're not that tough either. Poor woman.

Happy holidays to everyone in your household!!

Ms. P and Cinza

PS We're no longer sharing "seriously amused" with our Mom and now have a new blog all our own. In the new year she'll be likely using SA as her photoblog again.

ZOOLATRY said...

Mmm, could she have been dreaming... hard to believe any sweet kitty cat, no matter the size, would do that... ah well.

Just stopped by to wish Faz and all his family a most happy and joy filled holiday season.

Maggy and Zoey and Ann

Everycat said...

Woah! The Big bitey for Christmas!

Happy Christmas Faz.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Humph and the human thinks I'm big now that I'm over eating...

Evie/VampyVictor said...

OH wow!! How cool!!! I have never seen a big Cat before.. I am so little :(

Puss-in-Boots said...

I wonder what was in her eggnog???

The Cat Realm said...

WOW - that is strange??? We wonder if it might be an escaped exotic "pet" cat???
Happy Holidays to all of you!
The Cat Realm

Chesney Cats said...

Oh that poor lady!! We hope she's OK now.

We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!

Grrreta said...

A 3-ft long long kitty...Aaaaak!!

Derby said...

Merry Christmas to you.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!!!
We hope it was great and did not include any large grey cats. Yikes!!!!!!

Purrs Mickey,Georgia and Tillie

Pablo said...

It wasn't me! Promise.

The Lone Beader said...

Faz, I know you would never do that!