'Winnie de Poohma' video is released

28th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Video footage has been released which shows the puma being hunted in the Veluwe seems blissfully unaware of the fuss it is causing.

28 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Video footage has been released which shows the puma being hunted in the Veluwe seems blissfully unaware of the fuss it is causing.

Trackers working for big cat centre Pantera videoed the puma, dubbed Winnie de Poohma, from about 100 metres distance on 22 June as the animal rummage about on the edge of a field of corn in Loenen near Apeldoorn.

The animal of prey is on view for two-and-a-half minutes in the video and shows little sign it knows Pantera has been trying to catch it alive to avoid police sharpshooters killing it.

Pantera's search, which is now being funded by sports manufacturer Puma, has produced photographs and now the video but the puma remains at large.

Ede Municipal Council hired Pantera after police failed to locate the animal that is believed to have lived in the woods of the Veluwe for five years. How it got there remains a mystery.

"Het is a middle-sized feline displaying stealth behaviour and is clearly working to find a small prey" Arno van der Valk of Pantera told news site nu.nl.

Nu.nl has a link to the video which is far more interesting that the 15 second beer ad that precedes it.  

Police forensic specialists have examined the video and say it is genuine but experts also think Winnie the puma is actually a panther.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news + puma + Veluwe

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