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Scottish Wildcat Faces Extinction Within Months


Animals  (tags: cats, animalwelfare, animals, animaladvocates, wildlife, wildanimals, protection )

Cal
- 767 days ago - wildlifeextra.com
Days before Scottish Natural Heritage begin formulating their action plan for the Scottish wildcat, conservationists warn that numbers may have slumped to 35 individuals and that significant policy change is essential.



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Past Member (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 4:27 am
Sadly noted.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:23 am
sadly noted
 

. (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:25 am
Another medal the "human value", for the protection of their environment and animal close to him
so sad news - ty Cal
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:37 am
Can't 'get through to the site.
However, despite their reputation for fierceness, as the above photo exemplifies, Wildcats do have their joyful, tender and playful side.
The wildcat that I met was not in Scotland, but in the North of Denmark. I was there visiting my daughter who recently had her third baby.this was in winter, just before Christmas, but there was no snow and the weather was mild for that time of year.
I decided to go for a walk in the forest with the baby in a pram and my eldest grandson walking beside me. He is a gifted child, in that he can attract animals. For instance, in summer, when he wants to see a dragonfly, he just stretches out his hands and a dragonfly will land on his fingers. His teachers could not believe it and took photographs of him every time it happened at school.
On the walk with the pram,we had not gone far into the forest when a big tabby cat with markings just like the wildcat above, jumped onto the pram and went for the baby's head. I instantly picked it up and put it down on the ground. It started to follow us and smooch onto my grandson's legs. Then it would run up a trees and amazingly run down the trees as well. Later I learnt that the ability to do that is one of the things that distinguishes wildcats from domesticated cats. It seemed that the cat was inviting us to follow it up the trees and could not understand why we would not join in the fun.
It followed us right through the forest and then onto a field. When I realized that it was getting late and turned around, it followed us right up to my daughter's house. She of course shooed it away, exclaiming "I don't want a cat here!". I did not say anything to her, as she just would not have understood, as she w as into being a perfect wife, mother and housewife at the time. though she was doing her master's at University.
But I still remember the encounter and it is a precious memory.
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:09 am
SIGH....another species lost.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (634)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:58 am
sadly noted~
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 11:43 am
We can't let this happen. They need to do something quick!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 11:56 am
This is wonderful, but I wonder how many species are going ectinct before we even discover them!!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 11:59 am
Sorry, I thought I was commenting on the new monkey species they discovered, but somehow my computer swapped back to this story. It is NOT wonderful!
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 12:59 pm
Noted, thanks Cal. The Scottish wildcat is not extinct. The specific (pure) genetics have been diluted (hybridized) by an activity that humans are very much in favor of - sex (for various reasons) and reproduction- above all other pesty little genetic details.
 

John B. (175)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:37 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the Wildlife Extra News article. Read and sadly noted.
 

Roxy H. (337)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:42 pm
ugh and this cat is amazing cute, dammit ={
 

aj E. (163)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:44 pm
sad.
 

Joan McAllister (1083)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:50 pm
This is so sad,I do hope they can do something to prevent this. Thanks Cal
 

Sandi C. (235)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:59 pm
noted with sadness.
 

Leslene Dunn (75)
Friday September 14, 2012, 1:10 am
Noted - absolutely appalling and wicked on the part of so called humans. How I destest and despise these monsters. Our poor animals, being hunted, poached, maimed and slaughtered into extinction by scum like this. This is not why they were put on earth.
 

Danuta Watola (1204)
Friday September 14, 2012, 1:37 am
Noted
 

Kye J. (41)
Friday September 14, 2012, 3:03 am
This is dreadful
 

Amy E. (66)
Friday September 14, 2012, 10:30 am
Noted
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Friday September 14, 2012, 2:12 pm
@Alexandra you ar so very lucky to have been able to not only see but interact with a wild cat! You must have fantastic energy lol for thacat to trust you how lucky where you! I only wish i were there to see it too!Thanks Cal for posting this is such sad news when numbers are as low as 35 its nearly impossible to make a comeback without human intervention and help,
 
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