Meet Toby: ‘Black panther’ in footage just the family pet | Video

CAT OR BEAST: A still from the footage taken by Belinda Baker. Picture: BELINDA BAKER.
CAT OR BEAST: A still from the footage taken by Belinda Baker. Picture: BELINDA BAKER.

A local family has identified the mysterious beast recorded roaming the countryside near Lithgow earlier this week which sparked cries the region’s  infamous black panther was real.

It’s their family pet, a cat named Toby.

“Sorry to let you all down, but this is my cat, Toby,” owner Danielle Donlan commented on  Facebook.

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“That is my paddock being filmed and yes, he is a large, desexed black male who loves to visit the neighbours.”

The situation wore thin on the family as the videos of their pet gained more and more attention: as of Wednesday morning one of them had been viewed almost 300,000 times.

The family had concerns more people would try to come and gain pictures of Toby, or even hunt the ‘panther’. 

Ms Donlan said it should have been clear from the footage that Toby was simply a large male cat.

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