Chester Zoo welcome a rare Scottish wildcat kitten in August, but has only now managed to capture footage of the little one, testament to the species’ elusive nature.
Only about 100 Scottish wildcats remain in Britain, making it the country’s rarest mammal, the zoo said.
Video here was released by the Chester Zoo on December 7, and shows the unnamed kitten for the first time.
“The kitten had not been caught on camera until now. It’s ever so special to see just how active the kitten already is and how she’s already starting to use the skills that these magnificent, stealth hunters use to pounce on their prey," said Tim Rowlands, the zoo’s curator of mammals.
“Conservation breeding in zoos is a key component in the wider plan to prevent Scottish wildcats from disappearing altogether – and each new arrival offers another lifeline for the species," Rowlands said.
“The hope is that the safety net population being bred by our carnivore experts will be released into the Highlands of Scotland in the future. We’re very much part of the vision to restore and maintain a wild population of the stunning Scottish wildcat for the long term,” he added. Credit: Chester Zoo via Storyful