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A legendary 'big cat' which has been reportedly spotted countless times has now allegedly been caught on video in one of the most 'convincing sightings yet'.
Incredible footage appears to show a large cat prancing across a farmer's field.
The video was captured 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.
The large animal was spotted prowling in a crop-filled field in a rural part of Northumnerland.
There have been countless sightings of "The Black Cat of Tynedale" in the area and further afield, Mirror reports.
It is unclear what the mysterious animal is, but it looks large and moves in a cat-like manner.
Wildlife experts have previously claimed there is no reason not to believe the sightings of big cats in the area.
In 2008, a resident claimed to spot the Black Cat of Tynedale stalking deer in a field behind an estate.
Two more people reported seeing the animal in the same year and there was even a sighting in the town centre of Hexham, Northumberland.
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A motorist also spotted the mysterious animal in the early hours of the morning in 2019.
People have also reported sightings of the legendary big cat in Oakwood and Slaley Forest.
Experts have said it could be a puma or a lynx – while some have claimed it could be a hybrid bred from an animal that has been released into the wild by its owner.
Elsewhere, there have been puma sightings near Alnwick and Rothbury and two girls once reported a black cat in the grounds of Alnwick Castle.
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One witness included 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 began to make the film after reporting the incident to the police and discovering it was a common occurrence.
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 took a picture of the so-called Durham Puma in 1992.
That picture, said Ian, is a genuine sighting although it has never been figured out 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.
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