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College welcomes Scottish wildcats Garton and Alvie

College welcomes Scottish wildcats Garton and Alvie

Paul Miles

College welcomes Scottish wildcats Garton and Alvie

They may look like ordinary house cats but you wouldn't want to get too close to Garton and Alvie.

The two Scottish wildcats are settling into life at the Berkshire College of Agriculture after arriving from a zoo in Devon.

The college is the only one in the country to keep the feline creatures after it took advantage of an opportunity offered by the Scottish Wildcat Association.

The strongest cat species in the world pound for pound, Garton and Alvie will remain at the Hall Place college where students will carry out research projects with them.

Animal centre manager, Calvin Allen, said the arrival of the brother and sister will aid pupils' learning.

"It gives them a real insight of a species they might work with in a zoo environment," he said.

"The work that we are doing will benefit the work they are doing up in Scotland and may lead to students doing field work up there."

The college now hopes to introduce more exotic animals to its collection in the future.

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