The video was taken by a worker who wants to remain anonymous, but said it was bigger than a normal cat after seeing it from a distance of around 40 metres
A legendary big cat which has been spotted countless times has now been captured on video in one of the most convincing sightings yet.
Footage appears to show a large black cat walking across a farmer’s field in a rural part of Northumberland.
The video was taken by a worker who wants to remain anonymous, but he told ChronicleLive it “had to be bigger” than a normal cat after seeing it from a distance of around 40 metres.
It shows the black animal prowling in a crop-filled field in the countryside.
There have been countless sightings of ‘The Black Cat of Tynedale’ in the area and further afield.
It is unclear exactly what the animal is, but it looks large and moves in a cat-like manner.
In the past, wildlife experts have said there is no reason not to believe the sightings of big cats in the area.
A resident reported seeing the Black Cat of Tynedale staking deer in a field behind an estate in 2008 – and she wasn’t alone.
Two other people reported seeing the animal in the same year, and there was even a sighting in the town centre of Hexham, Northumberland.
There was a further reported sighting of the animal by a motorist driving in the early hours of the morning in 2019, while people have also reported spotting a big cat in Oakwood and Slaley Forest.
Experts have said it could be a lynx, a puma, or even a hybrid bred from an animal released into the wild by its owner.
Elsewhere, there have been puma sightings near Alnwick and Rothbury, while two girls once reported a black cat in the grounds of Alnwick Castle.
Witnesses include film-maker Georgina Kiedrowski who produced a documentary for Tyne Tees Television after spotting a large black animal while driving on the A1 near Darlington
She was prompted to make the film after reporting the incident to police and being told it was a common occurrence.
Further afield, one of the North East’s most famous sightings of a big cat was by photographer Philip Nixon at St John’s Chapel in County Durham, who actually took a picture of the so-called Durham Puma in 1992.
That picture, said Ian, is a genuine sighting although it is still not known what the animal actually was.
Philip captured the image of a large reddish brown cat-like creature, about the size of a border collie, with a rabbit in its jaws.
It was said to have a very long tail which curved upwards when it moved.
The Mirror told how a big cat had been spotted in Derbyshire in November this year which prompted a police search.