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A man has recalled the terrifying incident where he came face to face with a caracal on Dartmoor. The caracal is a wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, making the sighting that much more shocking.
The medium sized cat is recognisable for its long, pointed ears which feature tufts of hair on the ends as well as the stripes on their faces.
Carl Foss, 36, recalled the moment he saw a sand-coloured big cat with black stripes and black-tipped ears during his trip exploring Dartmoor.
The 36-year-old man, from Salisbury, was exploring Dartmoor when he encountered the feline.
Mr Foss revealed to Gloucestershire Live he enjoys visiting new places and exploring different parts of the country when he rented an Airbnb on the edge of Dartmoor for the weekend of May 29 and May 30.
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Mr Foss told the publication: “I had not been too well for a time and after finally feeling better I decided to take a trip away.
“I rented an Airbnb for the weekend and set off to Dartmoor.
“On the Saturday I was walking in Whistman’s Woods and made my way down to the Powder Works which is now disused building that once made gun powder.
“There is a stonewall on the edge of the buildings so I climbed over the wall where it then dips.
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“As I reached the other side I saw a creature watching me.”
The encounter only lasted a few moments after the creature stared at the man and quickly scampered off.
He said: “The cat was about three feet away from me.
“I could not see all of it as it was stood on the brow of the hill. It was a sandy colour and had black stripes going down and around from it’s eyes to it’s nose.
“The ears had black tips.
“It stopped and watch me for a moment and ran away. It was more scared of me.”
He continued: “I was buzzing at what I saw.
“I carried on walking in the direction of the cat but then soon after I had to tell myself to stop because there was a big cat out there with me. I can not explain it, I just really had to tell myself to stop.”
Mr Foss had set out on his exploration at around 3.30pm and later returned to his Airbnb to look up the creature he had encountered.
He said: “It all happened so fast over the space of around 20 seconds.
“I did not think to get my phone out to take a picture. It was scared of me. I did not know what I had seen.”
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