Giant cat-attacking owl spotted again

Rosemary and Mike Cafferty with Chester, their pedigree Bengal Leopard cat.

Rosemary and Mike Cafferty with Chester, their pedigree Bengal Leopard cat.

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

THE owner of a pedigree cat attacked by a giant owl has spied the bird in his garden for a second time.

Mike Cafferty spotted a two-foot tall owl perched at the bottom of his garden at 7.15am on September 3.

This time the barn owl did nothing more than make a lot of noise, having previously launched itself at Mr Cafferty’s Bengal Leopard cat Chester, aged four, on August 31.

Mr Cafferty said: “I managed to get a good view of it this time and it was huge, not something I would want attacking me.

“I wonder whether it may have escaped from an owner because it seems too tame to be a wild bird.

“We are a bit worried about putting the cat out at all now.”

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8:44am Thu 4 Sep 14

RazorofOccam says...

It's growing!
It's growing! RazorofOccam
  • Score: 9

9:09am Thu 4 Sep 14

boredofbolton says...

its not a barn owl if its 2 feet tall!
its not a barn owl if its 2 feet tall! boredofbolton
  • Score: 13

9:37am Thu 4 Sep 14

RazorofOccam says...

This breed of cat was created by crossing domestic and small wild jungle cats. An ethically dubious practice to start with. But to own a cat like that so genetically close to a wild animal and then keep it on a lead in your garden is cruel, vain and frankly, a bit silly. Get a rescue animal.
This breed of cat was created by crossing domestic and small wild jungle cats. An ethically dubious practice to start with. But to own a cat like that so genetically close to a wild animal and then keep it on a lead in your garden is cruel, vain and frankly, a bit silly. Get a rescue animal. RazorofOccam
  • Score: 9

9:40am Thu 4 Sep 14

cosmicma says...

it's more likely to be an escaped eagle owl than a 2ft barn owl
either that or mike is a keen fisherman ( it were that i big i tell ya )

i think the barn owl description should be put to rest it is clearly not a barn owl despite what the cafferty's think it is and to keep the myth alive could put barn owls at risk when quotes like “I’m just concerned it might go for a baby in a pram or a toddler running round next.” are being printed.
it might sensationalise the story but it is doing our local wildlife no favours what so ever
it's more likely to be an escaped eagle owl than a 2ft barn owl either that or mike is a keen fisherman ( it were that i big i tell ya ) i think the barn owl description should be put to rest it is clearly not a barn owl despite what the cafferty's think it is and to keep the myth alive could put barn owls at risk when quotes like “I’m just concerned it might go for a baby in a pram or a toddler running round next.” are being printed. it might sensationalise the story but it is doing our local wildlife no favours what so ever cosmicma
  • Score: 26

9:51am Thu 4 Sep 14

Lee3695 says...

Good for the Owll!
Good for the Owll! Lee3695
  • Score: 7

10:00am Thu 4 Sep 14

bandit14 says...

It could be a long eared owl thats escaped, doubt it could be a eagle owl because if it was ther wouldn"t be a cat left
It could be a long eared owl thats escaped, doubt it could be a eagle owl because if it was ther wouldn"t be a cat left bandit14
  • Score: 9

8:00pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Or the cat owner is exaggerating.
Or the cat owner is exaggerating. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 5

8:02pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Also, anyone who owns a cat and the cat roams, takes a risk. Wild birds of prey or not the cat could end up dinner or under a car.

Is it polite of a cat to kill a mouse? Is it polite of a bird of prey to kill a cat?

This is the circle of life...
Also, anyone who owns a cat and the cat roams, takes a risk. Wild birds of prey or not the cat could end up dinner or under a car. Is it polite of a cat to kill a mouse? Is it polite of a bird of prey to kill a cat? This is the circle of life... Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Thu 4 Sep 14

BoltonBazz says...

I think you will find its a Eagle Owl we had one in Harwood for a while it feasted on rats cats and one small dog
I think you will find its a Eagle Owl we had one in Harwood for a while it feasted on rats cats and one small dog BoltonBazz
  • Score: 2

11:38pm Thu 4 Sep 14

cosmicma says...

BoltonBazz wrote:
I think you will find its a Eagle Owl we had one in Harwood for a while it feasted on rats cats and one small dog
i think it is too

just for reference this was an escapee some time ago in bolton

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looks nothing like a barn owl
[quote][p][bold]BoltonBazz[/bold] wrote: I think you will find its a Eagle Owl we had one in Harwood for a while it feasted on rats cats and one small dog[/p][/quote]i think it is too just for reference this was an escapee some time ago in bolton [URL=http://s64.phot obucket.com/user/cos micma/media/DSC_0096 _zpsdeeab6ec.jpg.htm l][IMG]http://i64.photobuck et.com/albums/h171/c osmicma/DSC_0096_zps deeab6ec.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL=http://s64.phot obucket.com/user/cos micma/media/DSC_0111 _zps1b3e91bf.jpg.htm l][IMG]http://i64.photobuck et.com/albums/h171/c osmicma/DSC_0111_zps 1b3e91bf.jpg[/IMG][/URL] looks nothing like a barn owl cosmicma
  • Score: 2

11:42pm Thu 4 Sep 14

cosmicma says...

copy and paste the links into your browser to see th images in the above post

the comments section does not show images
copy and paste the links into your browser to see th images in the above post the comments section does not show images cosmicma
  • Score: 1

9:00am Fri 5 Sep 14

SleepingThunder says...

Molech as come to see the end of days .

If I saw a 2 foot owl I would be getting a picture with my phone camera.
Molech as come to see the end of days . If I saw a 2 foot owl I would be getting a picture with my phone camera. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 1

9:36am Fri 5 Sep 14

Gore Seer says...

I Have Seen A Cat Stalking Birds, And A Magpie Did Not Like This Stalking Cat And Attacked It.
I Have Seen A Cat Stalking Birds, And A Magpie Did Not Like This Stalking Cat And Attacked It. Gore Seer
  • Score: -1

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