Firstly, thanks to the ladies at Shape Shifter Romance for inviting me to guest blog today. My name is Shelley Munro and I write paranormal titles for Ellora’s Cave and contemporary for Samhain Publishing. Today I’m talking about alien cats.
What is an alien cat you ask? It’s actually large feline, such as a leopard or cougar, sighted in an area or country where it’s not indigenous. Many countries have sightings of alien cats including my home country of New Zealand, Britain, Australia, Finland, Denmark and Hawaii.
It was an article in the newspaper about sightings of a black panther in the South Island of New Zealand that first snared my attention a few years ago. Since the 1990s, witnesses have seen the big cat on several occasions, yet a search by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry found no physical evidence to support the sightings.
And yet the alien sightings continue.
A big cat could certainly live happily in the area of Ashburton. The climate is suitable and food is abundant, ranging from birds and rabbits to deer and domestic livestock. As in the case of all alien cats (no matter what part of the world they’re sighted) skeptics want to know how they got there. They also want proof such as a carcass bearing bite or claw marks. Most sightings, they say, are of domestic cats or other animals.
Supporters of the alien cat stories state that big cats are secretive by nature. Sightings aren’t common in countries where they are native and many big cats are nocturnal, reducing the chances of eyewitness sightings.
Documented reports of alien cats in New Zealand are too numerous to ignore. One eyewitness said he and his wife looked down onto the river flat and saw the cat. It was a very large black cat, similar in size to his Golden Lab/Mastif cross with a long tail. Once it got wind of them, the cat disappeared smartly. Before he was skeptical, but seeing something with your own eyes is very definite.
Last year two film makers completed a documentary about the black panther sightings in New Zealand. Here’s a video of the trailer for the documentary.
Maybe it’s the romantic in me, but personally, I like to believe in alien cats. It’s certainly an interesting topic to debate, and the story about the black panthers stirred my imagination. I collect ideas and combined the panther story with one about a small New Zealand town called Middlemarch. The town has a severe shortage of women of marriageable age and they organized a dance to entice more young women to the area. My paranormal series called Middlemarch Mates was born and book five in my feline shapeshifter series releases from Ellora’s Cave on 1 October, 2008.
I’m giving away a download of one of the books in my Middlemarch Mates series (the winner can choose which one they’d like). All you need to do to enter is comment on this post. Tell me what you think about alien cats. Is it possible for alien cats to exist? Have you ever seen an alien cat? What proof would make you believe?
Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a small, bossy dog. If you’d like to learn more about her feline shapeshifter series visit her website at www.shelleymunro.com
Thanks, Shelley, for being with us here today and sharing your Alien Cat story!! Shelley will be giving away her book in a couple of days to allow for comments! 🙂 Thanks again! Terry Spear, www.terryspear.com Heart of the Wolf, Don’t Cry Wolf (coming Mar 1!!)