A VIDEO published on social media on Tuesday, July 26, appears to show a large, cat-like beast prowling around in scrubland close to Estepona.
Commenters speculated as to the identity of the mystery animal, which is said to weigh approximately 30-35 kilos and was only on display for a few seconds before disappearing into a thicket of trees.
Many keyboard warriors believe the animal to be a cougar, also known as puma or mountain lion, the world’s fourth largest cat which tends to weigh between 45 and 55 kilos when adult, although exceptional individuals can attain 90 kilos.
Cougars are more closely-related to smaller cats, including the domestic cat, than to lions, tigers, or leopards, but can still pack a hefty punch, and have been known to kill humans in their native Americas.
It is difficult to say with any certainty what the animal in the video, which can be seen below, might be, but local wildlife parks do not currently house cougars, and it is definitely not an Iberian Lynx since it clearly has a long tail, leaving the possibility that it may have escaped from a private collection.
Alternatively, could it just be a well-upholstered pet moggie out for a stroll, with a combination of wild imagination and misperception leading people’s minds astray?