One of the largest wildcats ever recorded in the world is believed to have been discovered in a Scottish forest.
The cat – nicknamed the Clashindarroch Beast – is estimated to be 4ft tall from its nose to its tail.
The animal was captured on camera by field workers in Aberdeenshire’s Clashindarroch Forest as part of a Scottish wildcat conservation project.
Workers set up remote traps using food and scent as bait to tempt the cat.
And anytime something passes, it triggered the camera to start recording.
Kev Bell, one of the field workers at Wildcat Haven, said there are about 10 to 15 of the wildcats in the forest.
He told the BBC : “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw this cat, he is enormous, a magnificent animal.”
The camera is part of specialist equipment used around the world to identify rare species like the wildcats.
Footage shows the cat stalking along the thick trunk of a broken tree as it appears to eat something.
Kev added: “The cameras give us amazing insight to this priceless group of wildcats which have somehow survived here and avoided hybridisation.
“Some people say that the wildcat doesn’t exist anymore but we know different and wildcats like ‘The Beast’ prove it.”
Another worker said the wildcat is one of the rarest animals in the world and they must be protected.
Part of the project involved neutering feral domestic cats within 1,000 square miles of the area so the survival of wildcats in the area will not be affected by excessive predation of rabbits and rats.