Boy 11 Targeted By 'Large Black Animal' in Doncaster, England
Tuesday 24th, May 2022
An eleven year old boy out for a cycle in the woods with his father was to being stalked by an as of yet unidentified animal. The "large black animal" was witnessed by the boy's father sprinting in the direction of the young boy.

The eleven year old boy, Harry Abonyi was cycling through Black Carr Plantation on Warning Tongue Lane near Cantley and Branton on Wednesday the 18th May 2022.

The boys father, Martin said, "We were riding on the trails that circumnavigate the woods, my son was riding about 30 yards in front of me".

"As we rounded a corner I saw out of the corner of my eye a large black animal sprinting out from the cover of the woods heading directly for my son, running diagonally to head him off."

"My first thought was of a large black dog as I wasn’t geared up for expecting anything else."

"The woods are popular with dog walkers, so I quickly looked to my left to see if I could identify the owners of the dog."

"I was a bit concerned at the animals intentions at this stage, but when I looked back to see if it was close to my son, the animal had disappeared."

"As I collected my thoughts, a few things struck me. Firstly, on reflection it looked like a very large cat and not a dog, there were no owners or other people in sight or earshot."

"The animal also had to traverse a short section of bracken and undergrowth to get to my son, so the only conclusion I could draw was that it saw me coming, aborted its attack and was laying up in the bracken. Pet dogs simply don’t do that. The cover was not that dense so it must have been hiding well."

"My son at this stage knew nothing, saw nothing or heard nothing, so I told him to stop, have a rest and a drink, while I had a little look around in the undergrowth."

"Admittedly I didn’t want to get too close as a cornered cat would likely attack. So I encouraged my son to get back on his bike and ride away from the scene. I only told him later when we were out of the woods so not to cause alarm, but he was quite shook up when I told him."

"I didn’t get any pictures as it happened really fast and my son’s safety was my first concern."

"Obviously my son had no idea so he wasn’t scared at the time, but I was quite alarmed."

"When I got in I did a quick search in Google and was really surprised to find out that this area is actually a hotbed for big black cat sightings, with one being spotted less than a mile away form our sighting last year."

Stories of big cats go back years in the England. In the 1960s and 1970s is was legal to keep exotic animals as pets. But in 1976 the government introduced the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, this encouraged many ours of exotic animals to hand the animals over to zoos but its suspected that many owners released their exotic pets into the wild where they have survived and they or their offspring live to today.
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