Wednesday, 26 October 2011
On Sunday 23rd October 2011 at 9:00 pm a motorist named Tim was travelling on the A25 between Wescott and Dorking when a large animal, resembling a puma, and measuring approximately 4-ft in length, and sporting a long tail, crossed the road. Sightings of the so-called Surrey puma still persist, several decades after the original mystery came to light during the 1960s. The mystery hit national headlines in the '60s but since then the legendary beast has been relegated to folklore. The puma - also known as the mountain lion and cougar, is native to the United States and Canada, and in the wild can live for around thirteen years. The fact that there's been a recent sighting near Dorking proves that such animals must have bred when many individual cats were released during the 1970s and '80s after the introduction of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.