WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Is a big animal-killing cat on the loose in Kent?
That’s what some experts believe - after the remains of mangled sheep, foxes, goats and deer were discovered in county fields.
It’s believed that a puma, leopard or lynx could be behind the spree.
Walkers who have stumbled across the various body-parts of the animal victims have shared their images online.
Victoria Storey said she was walking near Brookland when she discovered the bottom half of a deer - with the top half entirely ripped off.
“It looks like half a sheep but it’s a deer and the top half is missing. Whatever dragged this here must be s****** big. Something is hunting out here. Bless this poor animal,” she said.
Big cat expert Neil Arnold said a puma was the most likely culprit.
“They go for the throat and are capable of ripping animals as large as deer clean in two,” he said.
“Dogs and sheep being eaten is relatively common, leopards and pumas will take them up into trees to stop scavengers getting to them,” he added.
The 41-year-old, who runs Kent Big Cat Research, added: “Romney Marsh is very, very remote, there have been numerous sightings down there.
"It’s good territory for panthers, pumas and lynx’s, the three big cats that live in the UK.
"There have been consistent sightings in the UK since the Victorian era, and there are reports of fleeting glimpses every few weeks.
"People used to keep these as animals as pets in the 1960’s, you could even buy them from Harrods.
"In the 1970’s the government introduced a dangerous animals act meaning it became much more difficult and expensive to keep them.
"People will always be sceptical until one is caught on film, but nobody wants to use resources to set up the necessary amount of cameras.
"These cats can cover hundreds of square miles, and are extremely secretive and quick, there are very few of them living in Britain too.”
Kent resident Lana Reene wrote on Facebook: “Funny you should say this, my husband seen what looked like a lynx type big cat at the back of our house and not only once.”
(Pictures credited to SWNS)