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'Clashindarroch Beast' filmed in Scotland


Posted on Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 | Comment icon 34 comments

Wildcats are mostly nocturnal. Image Credit: YouTube / Wildcat Haven / Kev Bell
One of the largest wildcats ever seen anywhere in the world has been caught on camera in Aberdeenshire.
Dubbed the 'Clashindarroch Beast' after the forest in which it was spotted, the feline, which measures 4ft long, was captured on film as part of an ongoing Scottish wildcat conservation project.

The species is particularly rare in the UK and is totally extinct in England and Wales. Only a small population continues to exist in the remote forests of Scotland, particularly in the Highlands.

The trail camera that recorded the footage had been set up to try and monitor their population.

"I've been fortunate to get footage of quite a few of these ghost cats; there's about 10 to 15 of them here in the Clashindarroch," said Wildcat Haven field worker Kev Bell.

"I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw this cat, he is enormous, a magnificent animal."


Source: BBC News | Comments (34)

Tags: Wildcat, Scotland

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by Ohelemapit on 28 March, 2018, 18:04
The Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia), or Highlands tiger,
Comment icon #26 Posted by Essan on 28 March, 2018, 18:18
For those in the UK, this has some good footage of wildcats, both in the wild and in captivity (and yes, they do on the face of it look just like a big domestic tabby)http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077r373
Comment icon #27 Posted by Matt221 on 28 March, 2018, 18:23
That's one hell of a domestic cat as been said before the tail is a give away
Comment icon #28 Posted by Ohelemapit on 28 March, 2018, 18:32
Agreed, for us in the UK this is a wonderful sighting.. Thanks for the link Essan, I watched this only recently along with all Gordon's other episodes, in the celebrity specials... 
Comment icon #29 Posted by Unfortunately on 29 March, 2018, 7:55
Glad to see that they're still surviving, such beautiful creatures. 
Comment icon #30 Posted by seanjo on 29 March, 2018, 10:02
With the overabundance of Haggis's since they became protected, the Scottish Wildcat has a readily available food source...
Comment icon #31 Posted by Still Waters on 29 March, 2018, 11:27
Scottish Wildcat Kittens - video http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk/animals-attractions/animals/scottish-wildcat/
Comment icon #32 Posted by Ohelemapit on 29 March, 2018, 14:35
How cute are those Awww... Thank you Still Waters for sharing. 
Comment icon #33 Posted by smokeycat on 29 March, 2018, 22:29
You try stroking one. It will take your face off.
Comment icon #34 Posted by DieChecker on 30 March, 2018, 9:34
Glad to see there are still some wild cats running around in the UK islands. It would have been more helpful if the researchers had put some kind of mark on the tree, maybe a 10 cm length, so we could judge the size for ourselves.


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