Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Polecats and Scottish Wildcats at The British Wildlife Centre

The Polecat is a member of the Mustelid family which also includes the Stoat, Weasel, Badger and Otter among this group.

They feed on a range of prey including Rabbit, Water Voles, Snakes, Trout, Frogs and some ground nesting birds.

Superbly photogenic animals, I could have watched these all afternoon.
Another reason to make a return visit in the near future.

Don't be fooled by the cute face

Another animal in the photogenic category is the Scottish Wildcat.
The chances of actually seeing a truly wild Scottish Wildcat in the wild is very slim indeed. 
So to be able to watch and photograph some here is a chance not to be missed. I'm not sure exactly how many the British Wildlife Centre houses, but there were three enclosures dedicated to them and I managed a few shots of two of them.

Scottish Wildcat
Bearing a strong resemblance to the domestic cat, Scottish Wildcats can be told by a blunt-ended bushier tail marked with thick black rings. They are normally stripier than a domestic cat.

Their diet consists of Hares, Rabbits, Small Mammals and game birds.

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