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Three rare wildcats born at Highland Wildlife Park

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THREE rare Scottish wildcat kittens were born at the Highland Wildlife Park in April. The new arrivals – born to mother Ness and father Zak – are the 18th, 19th and 20th kittens to be born and reared at the park over the past four years.

Also known as the ‘Highland tiger’, this rare native species is facing the threat of extinction due to hybridisation with domestic and feral cats, habitat loss and persecution. However, as a result of co-ordinated conservation efforts and a breeding programme for eventual release, the species has a fighting chance. The wildcat kittens have spent the first couple of months in their dens, but are becoming slightly more independent of mum now. They are enjoying exploring their enclosures and the overhead tunnels, and exhibiting kitten-like behaviour such as play-fighting.

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