- Aug 7, 2018
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''Wildcat kittens' filmed by hillwalker in Cairngorms'.
Though you will be pleased to hear that when I initially saw mine (before I realised what it was) I got quite a fright because of its SIZE. Not puma-sized no but it was a big cat and thick-set. I felt it would easily have me in a fight. It didn't notice me thankfully.I thought it must be about, oooh, puma-sized and given to carrying off lambs and small children. Wasn't disappointed to learn the truth much later though.
I also saw what I thought was a wild-cat only a few feet away from where I happened to have been pretty much hidden behind some gorse when I lived in Scotland, in a very out-of-the-way-place near the small village of Alyth. The reason I had climbed up the hill in the first place was that I wanted to find and check-out a single large stone-age stone at the time.Wonderful. They are so rare now and hardly anyone seems to care as they are not as sexy as much more plentiful tigers and so on.
i saw a wildcat once, many years ago. It was a huge privilege.
I also saw what I thought was a wild-cat only a few feet away from where I happened to have been pretty much hidden behind some gorse when I lived in Scotland, in a very out-of-the-way-place near the small village of Alyth. The reason I had climbed up the hill in the first place was that I wanted to find and check-out a single large stone-age stone at the time.
Upon my returning home, I paid a visit to the local library to check it out properly. I found out to my amazement that it wasn't a wild-cat at all! It was in fact a very growly Lynx, and a pretty big one at that, full of muscle walking back up a drystone hill burn gulley. And that certainly made the hair on the back of my neck stand up!
I'd like to see a rabbit take down a deer.
I just had a flash-back to when I walked the West Highland Way (picked my own route, some of it following a part of Bonnie Prince Charlies passage). I came across quite a number of accumulated cache's of dried out starched white bones from Wild Cat kills in the narrow mountain passes, along with quite a number of Golden Eagle sightings overhead.:agree:
LOOK at that little FACE! Those STRIPES!
They are certainly worth saving. I first read about them as a child in an encyclopaedia. The illustration showed a fierce-looking, snarling creature. I thought it must be about, oooh, puma-sized and given to carrying off lambs and small children. Wasn't disappointed to learn the truth much later though.
Thank you for posting this! I'm off to watch again, or 40 more times maybe.
Tufty ears very clearly seen - that was clearly one feature of it. I also have no Idea how it came to be there though it was a pretty remote area. One thing I do recall (as this occurrence did happen a good many years ago now), was that the legs did not seem to be quite as long and springy as the depicted views of the 'normal' Lynx's you see in Canada and the like, instead it had thicker and far stronger looking legs - and absence of a tail. It also looked like it was pretty old, and very grumpy according to the growl that it made a few times whilst it was walking with head bowed low back up the dry burn on the hillside. (I did find the long stone age non-standing stone that had probably been laid flat by the Farmer)Really? I'm not saying I don't believe you, it's just that they been officially extinct in the UK for around 1300 years.
They're pretty distinctive - no tail, tufty ears..
Pete Macnab made the "once in a lifetime find" while out walking with his three-month-old son and pal Piotr Peretko on Wednesday when he made the "once in a lifetime find".
"It was in a really bad way - it was freezing, not really moving and at deaths door.
"My pal carried it all the way back and we took it to the vets.
"They were going to try and give it a lot of hot water and a glucose injection.
"Piotr phoned them back at around 6pm to say he'd come and take it home to look after it until the owners were found.
"They said no chance can we give it back, its actually a Scottish Wildcat.
The baby Wildcat has been named Huntleigh to mark where she was found and is now being cared for by a Scottish Wildcat charity, Scottish Wildcat Action.
The charity estimates there are only 100 - 300 pure wildcats remaining.