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Wildcat Kittens Discovered in UK Give Hope for the Species’ Survival

Posted in Cat Videos - Last Updated: August 23, 2021 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Videos 
Last Updated: August 23, 2021  
Author:  Jan Travell

Britain’s rarest animal was given new hope when four Wildcat kittens were born at Wildwood in Kent.

These delightful kittens have been caught on video by remote cameras at Wildwood Trust near Canterbury, a charity dedicated to the restoration of Britain’s lost wildlife.

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 Wildwood’s dedicated keepers have learned over many years how challenging raising wildcat kittens can be and are particularly proud of how well first-time mum Jura is coping. 

Wildcat numbers are now so low that new research has concluded there is no longer a viable wildcat population living wild in Scotland. 

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Wildcats once roamed all over the UK, including Kent and the South East.

Persecution and habitat destruction drove them north into their last refuges in Scotland, but this year scientists classified them as functionally extinct as so few have been observed.

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Sally Holt, Wildwood’s wildcat Keeper, explains: "This outstanding success has come about through decades of hard work; with the most numbers we have ever bred to one mother."

"This is so rewarding because this is mother Jura’s first ever litter and we are always very worried first-time mums may lose their kittens." 

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Let's hope all goes well for this new family and one day wildcats will be roaming the countryside once more.

Watch the video:

About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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