Mr Holder was looking for his kitten at the bottom of his garden, which backs onto woodland, when the powerful creature attacked him.
He described how a ‘big black figure pounced’ and he was ‘in its claws for about 30 seconds’.
‘Its teeth were out and I tried to defend myself and eventually I got the thing off my body.’
He was scratched all over his body and suffered swelling and bruising to his hand and the back of his head.
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