Beast Of Bont
The aptly dubbed Beast of Bont - a big cat believed on the loose in the area, through reported sightings of an unknown creature since the 1970s - and now once more feared to have struck again.
Beast Of Bont
Fears of an infamously savage big cat roaming a remote Welsh mountain range are once more in evidence, after 20 sheep were found torn to shreds and scattered across moorland near to the Devil's Bridge in the Cambrian Mountains near Aberystwyth, west Wales.
An area long linked to the aptly dubbed Beast of Bont - a big cat believed on the loose in the area, through reported sightings of an unknown creature since the 1970s - and now once more feared to have struck again, after Mark Davey, 43, discovered the latest sickening scene.
Mark and his partner Annette, 40, were walking down a Devil's Bridge valley at when they began discovering sheep carcasses, two big groups of mutilated animals in fields about two miles apart - most been stripped bare - down to mounds of wool and bones. The whole area, apparently stank of dead animals and was quite sickening.
The couple could see body parts were lying all around, which could have been due to foxes or badgers, but the increasing number of dead animals set off alarm bells in their heads, one group of several sheep scattered closely together as though attacked en mass by some large animal.
Mark, from Borth, Ceredigion, commented that it was a very strange feeling when seeing the animals, some lambs with only half a body, one small lamb looking as if been carefully placed in the corner of some building ruins - untouched but appearing to have been put there for a reason.
Beast of Bont - so dubbed after the village of Pontrhydfendigaid - at the centre of the affected area, only few miles from Devil's Bridge - rumours have been rife since 1970s - numerous sightings of a puma-like creature reported, until in June 1981, 12 dead sheep were found mutilated at nearby Ysbyty Ystwyth
The mid 1990s saw another rash of reporting this mysterious predator stalking the remote countryside, swiftly and savagely killing stock, after which Ministry of Agriculture vets, upon examining a carcass, declared the killer to be a great deal more powerful than a fox or dog. There have been, in the intervening years, sporadic sightings and reports of big cats across these remote areas of the Welsh Mountains, but no proof has ever been found.