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Mon Jun 24, 2024, 07:10 AM Jun 24

Cairngorms: Scottish wildcat kittens born in in 'major milestone' [View all]


Cairngorms: Scottish wildcat kittens born in in 'major milestone'

1 hr ago
By Adam Robertson
Multimedia Journalist

Two wildcats have given birth in a 'major milestone' (Image: Saving Wildcats)

TWO wildcats released into a national park last year have given birth, marking a “major milestone” for wildcat recovery in Scotland, conservation experts have said.

Nineteen wildcats bred in captivity were released into the Cairngorms National Park last June as part of efforts to save the species which in 2018 was deemed to be on the verge of extinction.

The Saving Wildcats partnership, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said that at least two of the females have now given birth in the wild.


Dr Keri Langridge, Saving Wildcats field manager, said: “We suspected that some of the females had given birth when their movement and activity changed very suddenly but didn’t know for sure until footage of the kittens was captured on our cameras.


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