SCOTTISH WILDCAT - 6.5x6.5 inches $200.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted Species: Felis silvestris silvestris
Status: Critically Endangered in UK because of hybridization with household domestic cats
Stalking through the thistles and heather of the Scottish Highlands, a traveler might glimpse a dark silhouette with a blaze of white fur upon the chest lurking at the edges of firelight. A sinuous tail weaving in the shadows would announce the presence of Cait Sidhe, a fairy feline of Celtic mythology. Cait Sidhe is thought to be inspired by sightings of hybrid descendants of Scottish Wildcats, and it was believed that if a body was left unattended a wake, Cait Sidhe might steal the soul of the deceased. To prevent this from occurring, those at the wake would offer entertainment to distract the playful cat, and play music for it to dance to, and pose riddles (because no fairy can resist such games).
Size: 6 x 6 inches