A woman has spoken of her terror after coming face to face with a mysterious big cat roaming the fields of Calderdale.
Bernadette Western, 45, of Bradshaw, Halifax, was walking her dog near Ogden last Saturday when she came across the creature.
The mum-of-two said: “I was walking my dog, Charlie, when I saw what I thought was a fox walking in the middle of the road. I called Charlie back and it turned round it had a cat’s face.
“When it heard us, it jumped over the wall, came out into a clearing and just sat there. It was a big cat, my dog is a Golden Retriever and it wasn’t much smaller than him.
“It was white at either side of its mouth, where its whiskers were, a patch of white on its chest and a white tip on the end of its tail. Its body was quite dark, a dark brown or red colour, and it had pointed ears.
“Its face was very much like a domestic cat. It was really scary as I just didn’t know what it was. It didn’t seem agitated and we walked past it, but when I saw the cat’s face I was scared.
“It didn’t show its teeth, it just sat there looking at us. I put it on Facebook and one man who lives in Shibden said he had seen something similar. I just want to know what it is as it’s not something you see everyday.”
A spokesperson for Calderdale Council’s countryside team said: “We have not had any reports of sightings of a large cat-like creature at Ogden, or any other of our sites around Calderdale.”
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Pause the video at around five seconds in to see a glimpse of the creature, which bears a resemblance to a Lynx.