An ‘enormous’ wildcat that is estimated to be 4ft long has been caught on camera wandering around a Scottish forest.
The animal, that was spotted by field workers in Aberdeenshire’s Clashindarroch Forest, has been nicknamed the Clashindarroch Beast.
It is thought to be one of the largest wildcats ever recorded in the world.
Traps baited with food have been set up across the Highlands, while cameras placed in front of them start recording any time something passes.
The technology is used around the world to help identify rare species such as wildcats.
‘I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw this cat, he is enormous, a magnificent animal.’
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He added: ‘Some people say that the wildcat doesn’t exist anymore but we know different and wildcats like ‘The Beast’ prove it.’
Domestic cats across more than 1,000 square miles of the West Highlands are neutered as part of the conservation project.
Experts do this to stop domestic cats hunting animals like rabbits and rats – animals that the rare wildcats feed on to survive.