It's true that I am a confirmed dog lover, but I do like cats too. And I find it very sad when a species goes extinct. Wild jaguars are estimated to be down to less than 10,000. Tigers are in danger with less than 5,000 or so left. But the Scottish Wildcat is down to less than 100 in the wild and a handful in captive breeding programs. That is really on the edge. This year might be the year they become extinct.
I had no idea that there was a genuine wild cat living in the Scottish Highlands until a few years ago. I read the Hamish Macbeth mysteries by M. C. Beaton, where the hero, Hamish Macbeth, had rescued one of these cats who decided to continue living with him. I'm not sure how much of that could be true. The cats have a reputation for not being tameable, even when raised from a kitten. And they have even a worse reputation in the folklore of the region. As recently as 1950 the were accused of being mankillers. They reputedly hung from tree branches by their tales and dropped on unsuspecting humans, biting them on the neck and killing them. Fortunately, this was disproved.