Registered: Aug 2006
Posted May 19th, 2008 20:34 IP
This is a wildcat snapped near Balbithan Woods, just a mile from Kintore. It is not a pure wildcat according to the experts (it is believed that only 400 or so pure Scottish wildcats remain) but a hybrid - part wildcat, part domestic.
It is precisely because of this cross breeding that the Scottish Wildcat is described as a "critically endangered species".
The most distinctive Scottish wildcat feature is the tail which is blunt (rather than the usual domestic tapered tail) and heavily striped, with a black tip. It also has the wildcat's wider jaw and the colourings are very similar to Felis Sylvestris, the Scottish wildcat.