Lorry driver spots big lynx-type cat on hard shoulder
A LARGE, lynx-type cat has been spotted on the outskirts of Exeter.
The sighting, early on Tuesday morning, was made by a Devon lorry driver Paul Coles.
Mr Coles, 45, from Holsworthy, was driving a 44-tonne lorry hauling bacon to Swindon, when he saw the animal on the hard shoulder of the A30 near Tedburn St Mary.
Mr Coles, who has been travelling the route for over 20 year, said: "It was about 2.30am and I was approaching the speed camera near the Tedburn junction when I saw the animal in my full beam headlights.
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"It was just standing there looking at me.
"It must have been three foot tall with a round face and pointed ears, like a lynx.
"It looked like it had just come out of the hedge and just stared at me as I drove past.
"I have seen plenty of domestic cats along there in my time but this was definitely something very different to that."
Mr Coles added: "I will definitely be taking an extra interest along that route now just in case I see it again."
Devon is one of the top areas in the UK for big cat sightings ahead of Scotland and Wales.
Almost 60 per cent of sightings are of black cats, and 32 per cent sandy-coloured or brown, which the British Big Cat Society believes are pumas.
Another six per cent were said to be lynx-type cats.