Wild­cat’s de­but on cam­era

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BY ELEANOR BAR­LOW A SCOT­TISH wild­cat born at a zoo in Au­gust has been cap­tured on cam­era for the first time.

Ch­ester Zoo say the fe­male kit­ten could of­fer a “life­line for the species”.

Scot­tish wild­cats are Bri­tain’s rarest mam­mals. As few as 100 re­main, ac­cord­ing to some es­ti­mates.

Ch­ester Zoo are part of Scot­tish Wild­cat Ac­tion, a con­ser­va­tion group who hope to bring the “High­land tigers” back from the brink.

Cu­ra­tor of mam­mals Tim Row­lands said: “Un­like do­mes­tic cats, who can have sev­eral lit­ters a year, Scot­tish wild­cats will usu­ally only have one, so ev­ery birth is re­ally sig­nif­i­cant.

“It’s ever so spe­cial to see just how ac­tive the kit­ten al­ready is and how she’s start­ing to prac­tise the skills that these mag­nif­i­cent stealth hunters use to pounce on their prey.”

STUN­NING The fe­male kit­ten

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