6 August 2010, JellyBean @ 6:12 pm

A big cat is prowling South Georgia, judging by the marks on Larry Rodgers’ horse, Peppy.

Rodgers noticed a lump behind Peppy’s jaw on July 21. He at first assumed it had taken a kick from another horse on his property a couple of miles north of the Florida border. Upon closer inspection, Rodgers saw long scratches and a puncture wound that appeared to be bite marks.

Rodgers called a veterinarian, and the horse is doing well. But Rodgers and others are still talking about what kind of cat could be roaming the area.

Stories in the rumor mill describe coyotes, bobcats or even a lion or tiger escaped from a local theme park. State wildlife officials say they’ve had no official sightings of lions or tigers, and officials at the Wild Adventures theme park say there has been no escape.

Rodgers says he believes the cat was a Florida panther. The cats grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 130 pounds.

Read more: Athens Daily Review

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