By Olivia Bell
Published: 13 August, 2009
THE lead singer of a
Colin Fraser, of indie band the Jyrojets, was in a car being driven by his girlfriend, Suzie Hamill, when he said a large, black animal crossed the road close to their car.
Dumbstruck Colin (26), of Culloden,
The singer said the cat, which had a long tail, crossed in front of them as they came round a corner on the
"What I could see was a big, massive tail and the back end of what looked like a cat," she said. "It must have been the length of my Polo car and its tail was as thick as my arm.
"It did not run, it sort of skulked across the road and looked as if it had come from the woods there." Colin said it happened so quickly they couldn't get a photograph and it was too dark anyway. And he rejected any suggestion that it could have been a black
"The car behind us had to slow up as well and I am sure they must have seen it.
"Suzie was driving and for the rest of the journey we started muttering puma or panther."
Colin also denied that a touch too much of the festival "spirit" may have affected his judgement, as he had been visiting Belladrum's children's section with Suzie's eight-year-old son Lewis. Suzie added: "I was driving so I could not drink and Colin had only had a beer because we had Lewis. "When they got home they went got onto the internet and found there had been numerous sightings of big cats across
The most recent last month was by an off-duty Ministry of Defence police dog handler who took a video of what he claims was a panther-sized big cat in Helensburgh, Argyll.
"Before this happened I thought it was a load of rubbish when I heard reports of people seeing big cats," said Colin. "But when I got home I was so convinced about what I'd seen I phoned most of the people in my directory to tell them about it.
"It would be good if anyone else could e-mail in or give more information if they have seen anything similar." * The Jyrojets made history by becoming the first band from
They returned to the