MAM­MAL

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SCOT­TISH WILD­CAT With­out doubt, it is Bri­tain’s most elu­sive land mam­mal. It may also be Bri­tain’s rarest, the legacy of decades of hy­bridi­s­a­tion with do­mes­tic fe­lines hav­ing taken its toll on the Scot­tish Wild­cat’s ge­netic pu­rity. Re­cent sur­veys sug­gest that fewer than 100 may re­main. Should you wish to see one, Novem­ber seems to be the op­ti­mum time to chance your arm, for the cat is com­par­a­tively ac­tive this month, even dur­ing day­light. I have never been lucky: the in­di­vid­ual pic­tured, un­for­tu­nately, was cap­tive.

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