By Lucy Ross-Millar
A “feisty” pair of Scottish wildcats have arrived at Shepreth Wildlife Park after their home at a northern animal trust closed down.
The critically endangered rescue animals turned up in the dead of the night last week and have now been joined by a family of woolly alpacas.
The park was contacted by a specialist wildlife service for help with re-homing the animals due to its roots in rescue and rehabilitation.
Curator, Rebecca Willers, said: “The alpacas arrived with some health conditions, which the team will be alleviating with our specialist zoo vet later this week. They had overgrown feet, as they have to have their toe nails cut regularly to avoid this.
“We were happy to step in and help where we could and thanks to our site’s clinical labs, screening was rushed through so the animals could be transported without delay, as there were fears there would be no one available to care for them at the facility.”
Evidence suggests there are now less than 100 Scottish wildcats in the wild and it is predicted the extinction of Britain’s last large mammal predator could come within the next year.
Ms Willers added: “The Scottish wildcats are feisty little things, we’ve never had them before, they are on a breeding programme. We now have a lovely representation of UK species - animals we have in our back garden but don’t often see, such as red squirrels and polecats.
“The animals seem to be settling in well to their new enclosures.”
For further information on the South Cambridgeshire tourist attraction, visit: http://www.sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk/Html/