Is this St Albans' killer big cat? Stunned cabbie films 'beast'

It was filmed prowling near woodland just months after mutilated deer discovery

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A stunned cabbie may have finally sensationally caught the legendary bigcatof St Albans on camera.

Jahid Choudhury dramatically snapped the wild beast - said to look like a deadly puma - as he drove home at 4.30am after finishing work.

The quick-thinking London Colney taxi driver also captured the beautiful sleek animal, a natural born killer, on video minutes before sunrise on Sunday.

Mr Choudhury was heading home along the heavily-wooded Napsbury Lane in Hertfordshire when he spotted the powerful beige cat lurking by the side of the road.

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The amazed motorist immediately pulled over and got out his mobile phone.

The supercool cat eyeballed Mr Choudhury before calmly padding off into the trees.

"It definitely wasn't a domestic cat. When I stopped and reversed it just stared at me," said the driver.

"I wasn't scared or anything. But I was shocked, it was very strange.

"It stared at me and then got up and went into the woods."

He dashed home and called police.

"I have seen lots of big deers and foxes, but this is the wildest animal I have ever seen," he insisted.

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The taxi driver spotted the beast while driving through St Albans in the early hours of the morning

The jawdropping drama comes after dozens of sightings of a big cat in and around St Albans over the last few years.

In January two Oaklands College staff members spotted "a large, sandy-coloured cat".

Ferocious scratch marks were found on a tree after a "huge animal" was seen near Welwyn Garden City. And a burly "muscled" cat bounded in front of a car across a road near Redbourn.

A dog-walker from nearby Wheathampstead stumbled across the mutilated corpse of a muntjac deer in April.

The deer had been brutally killed and stripped amid growing fears that a massive cat was on the loose.

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A muntjac deer corpse was brutally butchered at nearby Wheathampstead in April

And scary paw prints were recently found in an Aldwickbury golf bunker, preserved after a night of torrential rain.

Just days ago a shocked driver spotted an animal dart out in front of her car near Redbourn. She said it had "well-defined muscles in its legs" and was a "gingery, sandy colour".

"Cats don't run like dogs or foxes, they are more arched in their backs," she said.

"I don't doubt it was the big cat."

Hertfordshire Police have been inundated with more than 30 big cat reports in the last five years.

Pumas range across the mountains of North and South America.

A male can reach almost eight feet in length and weigh up to 220lbs while a female can often be over six feet long and hit 140lbs. The muscular cats can leap up to 18 feet into the air and hit speeds of 40-50mph in short bursts.

Pumas will kill everything from rabbits and birds to sheep, deer, goats and other livestock.

The magnificent creatures are highly adaptive and are able to survive and thrive in many different environments - making it highly likely that they are flourishing in the English countryside.

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