Range Wild Life in Action 2 - Wild Cats! 2011

During a visit to the butts at the Scottish Police Open something apparently very long, low and furry ran across the track. Closer inspection showed "it" to be 3 (possibly 4) kittens. They looked very much like wild cat kittens but that is ruled out by the fact that one allowed itself to be picked up. They are probably hybrid wildcat/feral domestic cat.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has a wildcat survey in progress on the estate, and there are true wildcats very close to the range. As the fourth picture shows, one appears to have a white foot, which would suggest its parents were not both true wildcats. But the expert at RZSS explained that a female wildcat can mate with more than one male in a day and have one litter of kittens with different fathers, so others in the litter may or may not be pure. They were sheltering in disused rabbit holes and probably in the process of being moved by the mother from one den to another.

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If you can do this and still have skin on your hands, it is not a wildcat.
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Doesn't seem too wild at the moment.
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That's enough invasion of privacy - I'm off.
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My dad might be different from yours, brother.

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