Cynthia Fielding

British Big Cats - Poem by Cynthia Fielding

It seems that there were lots of private zoos
in the 70's and animals were released
a few must've survived.

People laugh about it
but these cats are out there

I have been 6 ft from one on Bodmin Moor
it calmly walked across the front of my car one day
I know there were 28 other reports of said beast
at the same time.
That was reports.
I didn't report them
neither did my mother
who saw it on two separate occasions
in a different place to me

Some years ago I saw a large cat-like creature
cross a road 100 yards from me
on Cannock Chase

It was certainly no domestic animal
and others witnessed this appearance too
head of a lioness
tail of a lion
with a prowling gait...

I have no doubt there are wild animals on the loose in the UK.
Seeing is believing.

We have one prowling the grounds of our new home.
It's been helping itself to sheep.

anything that can drag a sheep
10ft up a tree is probably not
an overgrown moggy.

They are wise to stay hidden in the wild
it would be tragic if they were hunted down
and exhibited captive.

Leave them be.

Bears and wolves next then Britain will be complete again.

Topic(s) of this poem: cats

Poet's Notes about The Poem

It is about the number of british big cats that are still in the wild.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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