A London man trying to coax his cat back into the house before he went to bed got more than he bargained for.
Instead of a tame pussy, the cat-like creature that emerged from the bushes in response to his calls was nearer the size of a Labrador dog.
Neither was the snarling beast in the mood for a quiet bowl of milk. It flew at the man, giving him the fright of his life, and several nasty scratches.
The man alerted police after scrambling back into his house.
Officers who visited the scene soon afterwards believe they saw the culprit.
"One police officer believes they saw a large black cat-like animal approximately the same size as a Labrador dog," a police spokesman said.
March 22, 2005