Clovelly High Street ~ Pads, Paws and Claws up the Cobbles

BrightThing

Joined May 2010

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Ptolemy ~ Just another Clovelly Leopard.

Ptolemy had been reared by hand; strictly speaking he was the property of an ex-game keeper called Slattery Goath… A rugged and reclusive chap who had become tamed by the local residents of Bucks Mills. The BBC had asked Goath if they could use his Leopard for an episode of “Ohhh Lordy do you keep Large Cats?” and so, a meeting was arranged between Goath and BBC Light entertainment producer, Finbar Montgomery. They met the day before this photo was taken, and a few beers and a game of Gin Rummy was the resulting pass-time. ( Photo by very brave tourist, Jennifer McAndy of Budleigh Salterton)

In a drunken blurr of bravado Goath staked Ptolemy (the Leopard) on the last hand of the game. Finbar, I regret to say agreed to the bet, confident of winning…he held Four aces, and a run of 10, Jack, Queen of Hearts, and knew that Slattery held the King…. (because he had waved it at Finbar’s face 10 minutes earlier!!)

The next day while shooting for the Sit-Com, Finbar and Slattery began arguing about the Leopard, and it rose steadily to a wearisome slanging match, fueled by two hangovers.

And so this is where Ptolemy decided that he wished to stay with neither Finbar Montgomery nor Slattery Goath….

And here he is, captured, (Albeit, only on camera film), calmly slinking up the cobbles.

Rumour has it that Ptolemy now runs a rather nice ‘Bed and Breakfast’ Guest House near Alfardisworthy!

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