The big cat was spotted in a moor in Yorkshire
The photo appears to show a leopard leaping from a boulder in Ilkley Moor last Friday afternoon in the latest big cat sighting in the British countryside.
Billy Holmes, a University of Leeds student, said everyone who spotted the beast was utterly shocked and “confused”.
Mr Holmes said: “I was walking across the cow and calf area as it was beautiful day and there was this animal that was far more muscular than anything I had seen before.
“It was sort of lurking about and then got away as we got closer.”
He said after the cat fled he inspected the spot and found markings that appeared to belong to a leopard.
The cat left what appeared to be leopard prints
Mr Holmes said: “I reckon we were about 20 metres away and we saw some markings that were similar to that of a leopard or snow leopard. It literally looked like a huge cat.
“A group of men also saw it who were closer and were just as confused as us."
Rumours of big cats prowling nature spots across the UK have circulated for decades – although most are dismissed as a result of an excitable imagination.
The cat was spotted in Ilkley Moor last week
However, a puma was captured by a Scottish farmer in 1980, lending credence to the those who claim to have spotted big cats in Britain from Norfolk to Wales.
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Two people have also been attacked by what they claim were big cats.
In 2000, a young boy was left with claw marks across his face after being attacked in Monmouthshire.
A puma was caught, and later stuffed, in Scotland in 1980
And five years later a man was attacked by what he said was a “huge” black cat in London’s Sydenham park.
He said: “I am 6ft and weigh 15 stone and it was considerably stronger and bigger than me. This thing was huge.
“Its teeth were out and I tried to defend myself and eventually I got the thing off my body."