Scottish Big Cats (BCIB) have backed an appeal to landowners and gamekeepers throughout Scotland to help in the hunt for a mystery black cat about the size of a Scottish wildcat.
To date three bodies of this cat species have been discovered; and a historical reference dating to the 1930's has also been found. Unlike the popularly named Kellas cat, which is simply a black form of wildcat, this animal appears to be unlike any known species of feline.
The shape of the head is long and narrow, with a small cranium for the skull size. It has a very large Roman nose and extremely long canine teeth. Specimens obtained to date have been provided by gamekeepers in the course of their duties.
Author Di Francis has requested that any such cat caught alive is not killed but kept secure until the animal can be sedated and removed safely from the trap. Both she and members of the BCIB are keen to examine any strange looking cats discovered dead as a result of road kills or keepering.
Nicknamed the Rabbit-headed-cat because of its resemblance to a cartoon rabbit, this creature may be an exciting zoological discovery.
If you see an animal that fits the description, or find one dead, please contact any of the following:
Mark Fraser (BCIB Ayrshire) 07940 016972 - http://www.scottishbigcats.org/
Shaun Stevens (BCIB Argyllshire) 07778 511679 - http://www.scottishbigcats.org/
Di Francis (Banffshire) 01542 810760 - http://www.scottishbigcats.org/