Guest Videos: Stalking Europe’s Wild Cats

Professionally, and with a camera.

Two groups in Family Felidae are native to western Eurasia: wildcats and lynxes.

In Europe, those groups include European and Scottish wildcats, as well as Eurasian and Iberian lynxes.

Some incredibly beautiful videos of these cats are online — two of those, on the Scottish wildcat and the Eurasian lynx — are embedded at the end of this post.

But let’s also remember what people must go through to get such videos.

You know how cats are…

“Oooh! The rare Scottish wildcat! Where’d it go? Ah, got it — elusive little bugger…WHA’?!?”

It helps to be vewy, vewy kwyut…

But you need dedication (and some physical fitness) to do what this descendant of Vikings does:

Some of this 20-minute video is quite technical, but please hang in there, even if you’re not into wildlife photography, for the lynx images and videos, and most movingly, for his simple explanation of why he won’t show everyone the scenic view he’s enjoying at that moment.

Now here are finished videos (by other photographers) of:

The Eurasian lynx

The Scottish wildcat

Featured image: Eurasian lynx (left) by mistvan via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0; Scottish wildcat (right) by Peter Trimming via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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