Saturday, 13 October 2012

100 Scottish Wildcats Remain?

When I was a child, I read and re-read a novel called Chia, which was about the life of a Scottish wildcat.  I think I wanted to be a wildcat, as Chia's life sounded much more fun than junior school.  Or should I have been a lion?  Elsa was read to death, also.  And don't get me started on Jonathon Livingstone Seagull.  I didn't fancy being a seagull, though; I'm still not a fan of sushi.

 Enjoy this fabulous slide show depicting Scottish Wildcats.

According to the Scottish Wildcat Association's website, it is now believed that maybe only 100 wildcats now survive. I think it would be a crying shame if this beautiful, magnificent creature was to vanish altogether - and yet this looks likely to happen within the next ten years.

There is a captive breeding programme, which seems to have had mixed success.  Part of the problem, apparently, is due to cross-breeding with feral cats.  The familiar moggy and the wildcat are two distinct breeds - or should be.

Click here to visit the Scottish Wildcat Association
Since this poster was made, Scottish Wildcats are now
believed to number less than 100.

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