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Tall tails: why does the myth of exotic big cats prowling the Australian bush persist?

Despite the ‘minuscule’ chance of leopards roaming the wilderness, diehard enthusiasts insist ‘you’ve got to see it to believe it’

Scott Lansbury had his first encounter 25 years ago. It was in the Victorian town of Upper Beaconsfield, close to midnight, where he and his brother saw the animal walking up the footpath across the road from where they lived.

“It was bigger than any dog I’ve ever seen,” he recalls. “Bigger than a labrador, bigger than a [German] shepherd.”

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