Alien Big Cats - August 15, 2003
It's odd that all the newspapers reported the recent incident
of 'leopards" loose in Bangkok without noting that sightings
of mysterious big cats are common urban legends in modern times
(called Alien Big Cats or ABCs). Don Entz points out an
interesting Crutch column on an ABC in Bangkok two decades
ago: In June 1981, a black panther was reported to have escaped
from a private household in the Makkasan district of Bangkok...
The two men later admitted they had taken the panther to Makkasan
swamp and then staged the capture. They thought that when the
fuss had died down, they would be able to quietly return the
panther to its true owner and at the same time remain heroes.
But they hadn't counted on the authorities deciding to release
the panther into the wildlife sanctuary. That's when the owner
started demanding either the return of the panther or a sizable
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