A Scottish Zoo has welcomed a 'functionally extinct' rare wild kitten.

Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder is celebrating the birth of the adorable Scottish Wildcat.

The breed is one of the most endangered cat populations in the world after becoming endangered in 2018.

The lockdown means Zoo visits are impossible leaving the facility without income
The lockdown means Zoo visits are impossible leaving the facility without income

The kitten was born to parents Morag and Fletcher but given their elusive nature, has only been seen a handful of times.

Keepers are yet to name the animal as they do not know the sex yet.

The zoo said: "We are delighted to announce the birth of a rare Scottish Wildcat kitten here at Five Sisters Zoo.

"The breeding programme that we are proud to be part of is a lifeline for this fragile population and without help from conservationists and zoos, would be dangerously close to disappearing completely."

It comes after coronavirus forced the facility to shut its doors leaving it struggling to support the animals.

The lockdown means visits are impossible leaving the facility without income.

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