GMB viewers spot mysterious black animal lurking in the forest behind Andi Peters during live TV segment
“An escaped cougar?” GMB viewers spot mysterious black animal lurking in the forest behind Andi Peters during live TV segment
He is often on the road to film on location for the ITV show.
But Wednesday, viewers of Good Morning Britain saw a mysterious black animal lurking in the woods behind Andi Peters on a live TV segment, with some asking if it could be an escaped cougar.
While sailing along a lake in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, the host quipped, “I’m like David Attenborough … Oh, we saw a little swan!” as his videographer showed a view of the banks – but it wasn’t the swan that caught the interest of eagle-eyed fans.
What is that!? on Wednesday, viewers of Good Morning Britain saw a mysterious black animal lurking in the woods behind Andi Peters during a live TV segment
‘@gmb swan was lovely .. but what ran along the shore. Tweeted a concerned fan of the show.
An avid viewer shared the moment on Twitter, asking others what they thought the creature sniffing through the trees might be, with many convinced it was a large stray cat.
The social media user who shared the clip wrote: ‘When I heard @andipeters say that # GMB viewers had seen something on the shores of the lake in Rickmansworth, I went back and looked …’
One person replied, ‘Seems like a big cat. A Black Leopard or Jaguar. The movement is so much like one of those. ‘
Joker: As he sailed past a lake in Rickmansworth, the host joked, “I’m like David Attenborough … Oh, we saw a little swan!”
Something is moving! Since his videographer showed a view of the banks, it wasn’t the swan that caught the attention of eagle-eyed fans
“Definitely a cat because of the way it stalks or sneaks away a bit, quite big too, maybe a little puma-like cat,” suggested someone else.
One viewer tweeted: ‘I paused the TV because I saw it too – it looked like a monkey to me – there was definitely an escaped animal on that couch lol’
‘If that’s a doggy pussy I’ll stay on this side of Hertfordshire !! That looks like a really big wild cat, ‘insisted another fan of the show.
The photo is a bit blurry and needs to be blown up, but looks too big for a dog. Maybe an escaped cougar? Someone else asked.
Errrrm !? An enthusiastic viewer shared the moment on Twitter, asking others what they thought the creature crawling through the trees might be
It comes just weeks after experts suggested a black panther could be roaming after a walker saw a ‘big cat’ on camera in the woods in the village of Thrupp near Stroud in Gloucestershire.
Frank Tunbridge, who has spent decades researching big cat sightings in the British countryside, claimed that the “sleek” animal “has all the characteristics of a black panther.”
The animal was seen in a tree-lined field near Stroud by the viewer, who says he was only 100 meters away when he captured the photo on his phone.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I’m not sure what the animal was, but it was certainly a feline in its movement.
What is it? The creature was seen slowly creeping through the forest
‘My first thought was that it was a family dog that had gotten out, so at first I wasn’t scared at all, but once I realized what it could be I took a few pictures and quickly retreated.
‘I’ve never seen such an animal, but it seems likely that a big cat was roaming the countryside. It seemed to be playful and completely oblivious to the moment I observed it. ‘
Experts recently suggested that cougars were behind a wave of sheep death in Wales, after examination of the corpses revealed they had been ‘clinically’ killed – as opposed to a random dog attack.
Since November, a series of reports have been made to the Puma Watch North Wales group.
The real deal: A ‘black panther’ isn’t actually its own kind – it’s an umbrella term that refers to any big cat with a black coat
A farmer found seven sheep slaughtered in his Snowdonia field, while other farmers in the area also expressed concern about how their livestock had been killed.
Large claw marks have also been discovered – up to six feet above the ground – on trees. Big cats are thought to do this to sharpen their claws and warn other predators.
Similar sightings of ‘big cats’ have been reported in the area over the years.
In 2018, Guillaume Lyons claimed he saw a big cat on the towpath just up the road from this sighting, in Brimscombe.
The Black Panther: Marvel Superhero or Cryptid?
A ‘black panther’ is not its own kind – it is an umbrella term that refers to any large cat with a black coat.
A black panther is a large cat (of any kind, but usually a jaguar or a leopard) whose color is completely black.
Melanism is most common in jaguars, where it is due to a dominant gene mutation, and leopards, where it is due to a recessive gene mutation.
Close examination of one of these black cats will show that the typical markings are still there, and are simply hidden by the excess black pigment melanin.
In North America, the term panther is often used for the cougar; in Latin America it is usually used to mean a jaguar. Elsewhere in the world it refers to the leopard.
The name may have come from the Latin name Panthera for the big cats and was probably shortened from Black Panthera to Black Panther.
The condition is caused by the agouti gene, which regulates the distribution of black pigment in the hair shaft, according to the University of California.
A melanistic black leopard, or “black panther”, is the most common form of black panther in captivity and has been selectively bred for decades as exhibits or exotic pets.
A black panther (leopard) can hunt and kill animals that weigh more than 1,350 pounds more than them.
Black leopards are found in densely forested areas of southwest China, Burma, Assam and Nepal; and other parts of southern India and are said to be common in Java and the southern part of the Malay Peninsula, where they may outnumber spotted leopards.
They are less common in tropical Africa, but have been reported from Ethiopia, the forests of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares.
There are no verified cases of truly melanistic cougars.
Black cougars have been reported in Kentucky, Kansas, and eastern Nebraska.
These are known as the North American Black Panther (NABP).
No one has ever been photographed or shot in the wild, and none has been bred.
There is a broad consensus among breeders and biologists that the animal does not exist.