Forget the Essex lion - big cat pictured in Gloucestershire
Never mind the lion of Essex - could this be the elusive Five Valleys big cat?
The furry black figure sprinting through woodland in Nailsworth appears to have been spooked by a walker – then set off a trip camera.
Big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge believes this image gives further credence to his belief that big cats roam Gloucestershire and beyond.
"I knew it was a big cat straight away," said Mr Tunbridge, whose video camera was used to capture footage of a similar-looking animal not far from the site where this picture was taken.
"I don't know what sort of cat it is, but we have used the wooden steps in the photograph to scale it, and we believe it is around 42 inches long.
"You can see that it's not a Labrador – it has a cat's profile. There have been so many other sightings in that area."
A video of a suspected big cat in the area was revealed earlier this year, after a media frenzy around deer carcasses which were suspected to have been stripped of meat by a big cat.
DNA tests showed only fox DNA but sightings of big cats continued.
This photograph was taken not far from where deer carcasses and sightings were reported in Woodchester and Nailsworth.
Mr Tunbridge believes a walker, may have accidentally disturbed the creature.
The landowner, who does not wish to be identified, installed the camera after seeing what he believed to be a big black cat near his home.
"I saw it in the lane near where I live," he said. "That's why I put the camera up. It was a bit of a surprise to see this when I checked the camera.
"I have set up a video camera too now, but not had anything on it yet."
It follows an apparent close encounter with a "panther-like creature" reported on Cleeve Hill.
Kieran Bourne, 30, believed he saw the animal in his headlights as he travelled to Cheltenham in the early hours of last Tuesday.