The Blue Mountains is home to some pretty breathtaking views, Instagram-worthy waterfalls and many, many bush walks. But according to a legend that has been circling around the area for many years it’s also home to a massive Black Panther!

The rumours that a black panther was roaming around the mountains in Sydney’s west began many years ago when people began reporting sightings of a large, black creature with a long, flowing tail that was far too large to be a household pet.

People were convinced that the mysterious creature was a Panther that had escaped from a private zoo or circus and was left to roam across the Blue Mountains area. Some theories also suggest that there could be more than one Panther with the possibility that more than one escaped and they have since bred.

For a long time, the Panther was spotted but there was never any real proof of it. Most people were too scared to grab out their camera and take a photo while others that did couldn’t get a really clear shot of the animal in the dark. That is until now!

One of our listeners Coby called up the Kyle and Jackie O show today to show us a photo that he had posted on Instagram that shows the Panther clear as day!


According to Coby, the Panther had been spotted in Blackheath by a tourist who then sent him the photo to post on his Instagram page @bluemtns_explore. And after hearing his explanation of why he thinks the photo is legit, Kyle and Jackie O were convinced that this is the actual Panther.

“I’m looking at a Black Panther,” said Kyle. “You can tell by the length of the tail, the shine of the coat, it’s looking right at the camera in the middle of a track.”

What do you think? Do we finally have proof that the Blue Mountains Panther exists? Or are you a sceptic who thinks this is still nothing more than a legend?

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