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They hold the distinction and legend of being the one cat that cannot be tamed, even when bred and born in captivity.
The Scottish wildcat survived the human persecution that killed off the British Wolf, and lived thousands more years than the Roman Empire, whose men they also terrorised.

Today, this same wildcat has earned the respect and a place in history of the Highland farmers and gamekeepers, who will tell stories of its fearlessness.

The Scottish Wildcat Association says that the differences are “The gait is more like that of a big cat and the face and jaw are wider and more heavy set than the domestic. Most apparent is the beautiful tail; thick and ringed with perfect bands of black and brown ending in a blunt black tip.

The Scottish form is the largest in the wildcat family with males typically between 6-9kg (13-17lb) and females 5-7kg (11-15lb), around 50% larger than the average domestic cat. Fossil examples measuring 4 feet from nose to tail have been found; such a cat would have weighed around 14kg (30lb).”

The Scottish wildcat has razor sharp claws, and wrists which will rotate for gripping and climbing, with very powerful thigh muscles and an amazing ability to sprint at about 30 MPH, and can fall from a tree, twist around and truly land on its feed.

Their coats are thick, with two layers, an outer and an inner for insulation and warmth, and the cat religiously cleans himself in much the same way a domestic cat will do.

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Cemil Gursen23-Jun-2016 17:00
What an expression ! Great capture. Excellent sharpness !Well blurred BG. Framed well. V
Jean D14-Apr-2016 00:11
Great shot of this wild cat in a dramatic expression. ~V
Nestor Derkach15-Jan-2014 19:00
Nice portrait of this Wildcat.
Love those penetrating eyes
Excellent in light and detail.
Martin Wenzel23-Jul-2013 11:49
Outstanding image!
Marisa Livet01-Nov-2012 18:54
Absolutely wonderful! The whole gallery is composed of remarkable photos, but this one is particualrly impressive
janescottcumming09-Oct-2012 00:40
Wow, I'm surprised you got a shot of one of these. I have heard they are truly wild are not very friendly. Terrific catch! V
Kat06-Oct-2012 16:58
What a breathtaking capture this is, WOW, big vote!
Guest 04-Oct-2012 15:53
A very nice capture Marcia. Such clarity! BV
Ted Aanensen04-Oct-2012 15:10
Fabulous image, I have some Scottish friends that must be from the same strain as these beauties, kilts in mid winter and all. V
Marco Valk04-Oct-2012 14:38
Great shot and info.
SLC_Images04-Oct-2012 06:01
Outstanding clarity and expression!
J S Quesada03-Oct-2012 22:49
Fantastic! Interesting notes. Now I can really tell why he looks so proud if himself. BV
Graeme03-Oct-2012 18:59
Amazing to see one of these wild cats. The details are superb too Marcia. It doesn't have the gentle look of a house cat, that's for certain!BV
bill friedlander03-Oct-2012 17:51
A great portrait! Lovely light and superb detail. It looks like a rather tough character. V
Alexander Kazakov03-Oct-2012 17:19
Tom LeRoy03-Oct-2012 16:06
Amazing looking cat, he has that "don't mess with me" look .. excellent portrait. Interesting reading. V
globalgadabout03-Oct-2012 15:51
superb shot....what a harrowing gaze it has...V
zyziza03-Oct-2012 14:55
Impressive look! V
Guest 03-Oct-2012 12:49
Gorgeous eyes. Best J
Jim Coffman03-Oct-2012 12:46
I love this image,Marcia!! What a great portrait..
CM Kwan03-Oct-2012 12:05
This is powerful, Marcia! V
Ali Majdfar03-Oct-2012 05:08
He is so serious! Great capture and information! ~V
Fong Lam03-Oct-2012 04:40
Excellent portrait of this wild but quite handsome cat....V
blizzard03-Oct-2012 03:45
now this is an awared winner congratualtions
rick bolt03-Oct-2012 01:46
Cat with an attitude!
larose forest photos03-Oct-2012 01:38
They are amazing, as your very interesting text points out. I had faint hope of seeing one and of course, I didn't, but it would have been such a thrill. V
Hank Vander Velde03-Oct-2012 00:50
Terrific portrait and info Marcia.
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