The BBC tells us about a new project to save iconic wildlife in Scotland. This project is funded by the National Lottery. It certainly wins on cuteness but is it realistic?
The Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia) is gorgeous and rare. It deserves protection. But unfortunately it can breed with another variety of the same species, the domestic cat (Felis sylvestris catus) and, often, it does. This project will involve neutering feral cats. But one randy tomcat might be enough to mess up the whole conservation project, if indeed the wildcats are pure wildcat now.
As the Beeb article explains, ‘The Scottish Wildcat Association said the action plan would not go far enough to save pure-bred wildcats and said captive breeding should be the priority for funding.’ I hope that whoever designs the cages will give the wildcats plenty of chance to behave as wild animals.