New ‘High­land Tiger’ is born

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Uk & World News -

NEW footage has been re­leased of a rare Scot­tish wild­cat kit­ten born at Ch­ester Zoo.

The fe­male kit­ten is part of a breed­ing pro­gramme that is striv­ing to save Bri­tain’s rarest mam­mal from ex­tinc­tion.

As few as 100 wild­cats – also known as the ‘High­land tiger’ – are es­ti­mated to re­main in the UK.

The an­i­mals once thrived in Bri­tain but were hunted to the brink of ex­tinc­tion for their fur and to stop them from prey­ing on game birds. As the only re­main­ing wild fe­line species, wild­cats are now pro­tected un­der UK law but are still un­der huge threat from habi­tat loss, cross-breed­ing with do­mes­tic cats and dis­ease.

Ch­ester Zoo is one of a num­ber of con­ser­va­tion partners which form Scot­tish Wild­cat Ac­tion – a co-or­di­nated ef­fort to bring the tena­cious hunters back from the brink. Con­ser­va­tion­ists have hailed the lat­est kit­ten as ‘an­other life­line for the species’.

Ch­ester Zoo

The Scot­tish wild­cat kit­ten

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