The rarest mammal in Britain has been born at Chester Zoo. Part of a breeding programme at the Cheshire-based zoo, the female Scottish wildcat kitten is a hope to save the mammal from extinction.
😻 SCOTTISH WILDCAT KITTEN BORN 😻
They are Britain's RAREST mammal and only 100 remain in the wild. That's why this little kitten is so incredibly special… pic.twitter.com/NXxO2oDcsl
— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) December 7, 2018
“Unlike domestic cats who can have several litters a year, Scottish wildcats will usually only have one, so every birth is really, really significant,” says Tim Rowlands, the zoo’s Curator of Mammals, “The kitten was born to parents Einich and Cromarty in August but, given their incredibly elusive nature, 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 practice the skills that these magnificent, stealth hunters use to pounce on their prey,” he added.
— Emma Johnson (@EmmaWLondon) December 7, 2018