Scottish Wildcat Twins Make Their Grand Debut

Scottish Wildcat
Alex Riddell

The Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland recently introduced a pair of one of Britain’s rarest animals  — twin two-month old Scottish wildcat kittens.

Dubbed Brave and Merida, the adorable duo was named after the latest Pixar movie, Brave, which is set in Scotland.

The female wildcat, Merida, is already living up to the moniker she shares with the film’s main character. Just like her movie counterpart, Merida is adventurous and feisty. We don’t know courageous her brother Brave is, but head keeper Una Richardson says he’s definitely the bossier twin.

So what makes these felines different from the average house cat? While they may look awfully similar to a domestic cat, Scottish wildcats have wider heads, distinctive striped coats and bushy tails.

With less than 400 Scottish wildcats left in the Highlands of Scotland the birth of these twins is a remarkable achievement.

Scottish Wildcat
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