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‘Monster’ That Stalked Cornish Moors Was No Beast, But a Cat


The mystery of the Cornish ‘beast’ in England has been cleared up after a government investigation, that cost £84,000, discovered it was just a domestic cat.

Government files have revealed that the authorities in the U.K. wasted thousands of pounds on an investigation that took place 19 years ago as they sought to discover the existence of the so-called Beast of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, England. After the six-month investigation came to an end, it was discovered that the dangerous beast was nothing more than a common domestic cat, according to reports.

The previously secret file reported that there was no “verifiable evidence” of the existence of exotic cats roaming loose in the U.K. After staging reconstructions and looking through videos and pictures of the animal in 1995, a team of experts with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food found that the monster in question was a black cat about 30 centimeters tall. The investigation cost taxpayers £84,000.

The government findings were brought to light after the file was discovered at the Public Record Office by contemporary myths’ specialist, Sheffield Hallam University journalism professor David Clarke. Despite these findings, however, and the fact that the supposed monster has no basis in reality, hasn’t stopped the imaginations of the people of Cornwall.

Earlier this year, a 19-year-old boy reported that he had seen the animal and that it was “absolutely massive and was hopping up and down like a large cat” before it disappeared into the undergrowth several miles from where the Beast of Bodmin Moor was believed to have roamed.

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‘Monster’ That Stalked Cornish Moors Was No Beast, But a Cat