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Wildcats were common in the European Pleistocene era; when the ice vanished, they became adapted to a life in dense forests. In most European countries, they have become very rare. Although legally protected, they are still shot by people mistaking them for feral domestic cats. In the Scottish Highlands, where approximately 400 were thought to remain in the wild in 2004, interbreeding with feral cats is a significant threat to the wild population's distinctiveness. #sandiegozoo #coolcats

Scottish Wildcat - Felis silvestris silvestris No feral or farmcat, the Wildcat is a true wild species of cat; it was here long before we were and long before the domestic cat had first been bred by ancient farmers. Unique to Britain, and now only found in Scotland, the Scottish Wildcat is currently classified as an isolated island population of the European wildcat, Felis silvestris silvestris (Felidae)

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Scottish wild cat. A true wild cat, not feral. Unfortunately there are only about 100 left in the wild.

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(Northern) European Pine Marten-- related to minks, otters, badgers, wolverines, and weasels. About the size of a domestic cat. Fur is usually light to dark brown, with a cream to yellow "bib" marking on its throat. Lives in well-wooded areas--dens in hollow trees or scrubby fields. Mainly active at dusk & night. Ominvorous. Common in Scotland, a few in Wales & Ireland, virtually none in England. 8-10 yr life expectancy in the wild.

Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) by Jar0d, wikipedia: Also known as the manul, this small wild cat, about the size of the domestic cat, is native to the steppe regions of Central Asia where it lives at elevations up to 5.050m in the Tibetan Plateau. #Cat #Manul