Our Cats are so big ....

To: C J Clarke <>
Subject: Our Cats are so big ....
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 18:36:31 -0700 (PDT)
They can skate on water ...... :-]

G'day All,

I'd like to back that big black cat item with a
sighting taken by myself and four others whilst we
were in the middle of a plant shutdown at the BHP
Western Port site, about 18 years ago. It was nearly
dusk at the time and working on the Acid Regeneration
Plant I noticed what I thought was a large moggie in
the bush next to Water Treatment Plant holding lagoon.
We called the plant security to report that an escaped
cat was close the the haul road? :^D the crew I headed
up at the time held the BHP safety rcord :-] so
securtiy came over and found large paw prints in the
soft soil nearby? a few weeks later we heard of some
sheep and lambs being destroyed by something large. We
were later to discover a tale about a bankrupt touring
circus that let it's animals go ...... that is, as I
know it? unconfirmed ....

I bet TT lines are NOT game enough tp paint their new
CAT black eh? :^D Whilst on the subject og big cats
:-] I hope all realise that just around the bay from
here we have a Royal Australian Navy Gunnery range?
could my dream be coming true? we shoot all fast
moving wild OZ CATS :^D

John A. Gamblin.
C J Clarke <> wrote:

Many (many) years ago, I was in the forests near
Yarram Vic. with a large contingent of Army Officer
Cadets on a 2 week Field Exercise.

Choline exercising :-] come .. come dear fellow :-]

We of the esteemed Directing Staff (!) had been told
of the <Panther> seen thereabouts over the years - a
direct descendant of the Sale Air Force base mascots
set free after WW2. (Well, that's the story we were

If they were 2 males then the tale of the circus is 2
females released !!!!!!!!

Anyway, we felt it our duty to tell the cadets that
should they, while on a compass march through the bush
in the dead of night, come across a ferocious man
eater, it would be best to avoid hand to hand combat.


A couple of the Asian cadets we had with us were
filled with trepidation at the thought of all this.
After all, they had already been told by Aussie cadets
how Koalas would drop on you from a great height, and
claw you to


A few days passed without incident and then, as luck
would have it, a cadet was bitten during the night by
a snake - which we ID'd as almost certainly a Tiger
Snake. When the radio message was passed to HQ , the
atmospherics and hilly country played havoc with the
radio signal which arrived as "Cadet confirmed bitten
by Tiger". And so, at least for 48 hours, another
legend arose, and the Yarrum Panthers had serious
competitors in the Big Cat world.

SADLY Choline that Yarrum panthers played their last
season a while back now :-]

Oh, I almost forgot. The Malaysian cadet who took the
radio message had to be evacuated back to the Cadet
School. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I suspect.

Wait 'til you read the one about the elephant.

Colin Clarke
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
32.8N  79.8W

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