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Hillwalker films Scottish Wildcat kits (BBC)

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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 16:23   #1
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Hillwalker films Scottish Wildcat kits (BBC)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-sco...-in-cairngorms

Just look at that tail! Fantastic find, I doubt my eyes would spot them in that terrain.
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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 16:39   #2
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Wow, has to be the real thing given the location.
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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 19:29   #4
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These are clearly hybrids. The tail rings are not separate but joined by a dorsal black line: the tail tip is pointed not blunt. The body stripes break up into spots especially towards the back end and onto the haunches.

The problem with the Cairngorms is that humans live at high density and have many cats, pet, farm and feral. The few (if any) pure Wildcats left there lose most if not all matings to such animals.

Unfortunately ZSL Scotland etc initially proclaimed the Cairngorms as the site to save the Wildcat. It isn't, as outlined above. They have realised this and more recently have declared they want to take full-blood Wildcats from their last refuges in the West of Scotland, where a rival but much better thought out effort has been running for some years - the Wildcat Haven - and initiate a captive breeding programme. Thus they will simultaneously begin an effort of doubtful success while destroying the only real hope there has been - with neutering of pet and feral cats across the area to ensure matings are successful between Wildcats.

Thus also two groups of people with a common aim are absolutely at odds. Stupid doesn't begin to describe it. Personally I am on the side of the non-Establishment project.

Anyway, nothing to see here. Move on.

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http://www.scottishwildcataction.org...ttish-wildcat/
Useful diagrams for the finer details and as John correctly states, a hybrid. Hopefully the pure examples can be saved from the brink of extinction.

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This is all a big shame to hear. Be interesting to know if anything besides the footage itself has propelled this story to national news, i would suggest not but who knows?

The quote in the article that the footage appears to show full Wildcat kittens is from Scottish Wildcat Action. Is their presumable mis-identification due to lack of knowledge of their sole study species or an exercise in PR?

Assume John you mean RZSS when you say ZSL Scotland? They are in this partnership but I don't see ZSL.
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This is all a big shame to hear. Be interesting to know if anything besides the footage itself has propelled this story to national news, i would suggest not but who knows?

The quote in the article that the footage appears to show full Wildcat kittens is from Scottish Wildcat Action. Is their presumable mis-identification due to lack of knowledge of their sole study species or an exercise in PR?

Assume John you mean RZSS when you say ZSL Scotland? They are in this partnership but I don't see ZSL.
Sorry for the delay, been getting the dinner on. Keema masala - I can do it in my sleep but I do actually have to be there....

Yes, RZSS. Had a momentary blank when I was thinking of the abbreviation and couldn't be bothered to look it up.

As for the mis-ID, given the credentials of the organisation's experts, it's impossible to view it as other than deliberate: an attempt to hoodwink the public for project publicity. Sad, really.

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