Scottish ‘Highland Tiger’ wildcat more endangered than Asian cousin – BBC

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Watch the BBC first on iPlayer 👉 The Scottish “Highland Tiger” wildcat is even more endangered than its striped Asian cousin.
Landmark wildlife series narrated by Ewan McGregor.

The Highlands may appear a wild and unforgiving place, but for millennia people have lived alongside wild animals here, sharing the same weather, seasons and landscapes.

For many years, the impact of humans on the landscape has been damaging, with forests cut down, seas warming and many iconic species like the wolf and bear vanishing.

But now things are changing and people are working to put back what we’ve lost. Humans are finding ways of protecting the Highlands’ precious ospreys, eagles, red kites, seabirds and dolphins. Never before has so much work been done to restore the wild Highlands to its full glory.

Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart | Series 1 Episode 4 | BBC

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  1. Cats began domesticating humans 9,000 years ago. Domestic cats aren't all that domestic. They are so genetically similar to the wild cats they came from they can as the video says interbreed with "domestic" cats. At some point continuing to make them live a much more difficult life "in the wild" because there are a few left who do is just human vanity. I get preserving wild species, but I see small wild cats as a bit of an exception. They decided millennia ago to start manipulating and brainwashing us into serving them and to interfere with their almost total world domination this late in the game is like refusing to admit defeat after you've already patently lost the war.

    They won. Get over it and go to the store for their favorite kibble.

  2. and then the uk government sees them as a resource then taxes the hell out of them so they can make money from tourists haha

  3. It’s beautiful, I hope it survives as a species. Hamish is having a life most men can only dream of 😁

  4. Fierce protective Scottish Kitty, can imagine him in a wee kilt and sporran, with mini swords for claws, hissing and yowling bravely at marauding invaders, to the sounds of the bagpipes lol.

  5. It’s also important to encourage locals to spay and neuter their outdoor cats if they are nearby to a Scottish wildcat population

  6. The Scottish wildcat does not seem different from the European wildcat that we encounter in the Alps, the Jura and between France and Switzerland. We call it forest cat. There is also the same problem of hybridization with the domestic cat, especially the one that has become feral. Experts estimate that 15 to 20% of wildcats have traces of hybridization with the domestic cat.

  7. These wild cats are absolutely beautiful, and I wish all conservation efforts the best.

    However. Their faces look like hilariously grumpy cartoon cats, and that really cracks me up.

  8. Job advertisement, "Wanted, a male Scottish Wild Cat. Food and accommodation are free; only responsibility is to breed. Mates shall be provided."

  9. All the comments joking about the extinction of the rarest wild cat in the word….Why is that funny? Why laugh at a species that will go extinct? Humanity needs to wake up and realise it's not funny, it's not just a flip away comment. Your children ….grand children. They will never see these amazing animals in the wild again. There reference will be just another extinct species in a book.

  10. Looking back on photos of it im 99 percent sure i had one of these living in Manchester it lived till 18 (1996-2014) i always thought it looked differnt and i would attack me when i ran past her on the stairs hahahaha but was a gorgeous thing

  11. the best way to conserve the pure bred species is to replace all domestic breeds with the original type. governments should run mass breeding programs and encourage everyone to keep genetically pure wildcats. then the pure wildcats would be the ones displacing the domestic cats, and it wouldnt matter if pet cats bred with wild ones as they would all be wild cats. would they be too wild to keep. unlikely if they were handled alot as kittens.

  12. i've had the rare and somewhat terrifying experiance with one of these in the wild. they are stunning. but will tear your throat out given the chance.

  13. I remember having two Scottish Wildcats, I still have one, but the first one I had recently passed away on February the first of this year. I found the second one when I was around 10, and she was meowing. I live in Texas, so someone must've threw out her mother or father, or even both, and they had kits and I happened to find one.

  14. There's pleanty of habits in Wales, Scottish Islands and the far western Isles of Ireland where these cats could be reintroduced without being disturbed or diluted by domestic cats 😎