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The Kellas Cat is a small black feline found in Scotland. Once thought to be a mythological wild cat, with its few sightings dismissed as hoaxes, a specimen was shot and killed in 1984 by a gamekeeper named Ronnie Douglas and found to be a hybrid between wild and domestic sub-species of Felis silvestris.[1] The specimen was named by cryptozoologist Karl Shuker after the village of Kellas in Moray, where it was first found. Shuker suggested that the Cait Sidhe of Celtic mythology is based on folk memory of Kellas Cats.

The Kellas cat is described as being over 65 cm (25 inches) long, with powerful and long hind legs and a tail that can grow to be around 30 cm (12 inches) long. A specimen is kept in a museum in Elgin.

See also


  1. ^ Walker's Carnivores of the World By Ronald M. Nowak, Ernest Pillsbury Walker, David W. MacDonald p. 237.[1]
  • Karl Shuker: Mystery Cats of the World. Robert Hale: London 1989. ISBN 0-7090-3706-6
  • Karl Shuker: 'The Kellas cat: reviewing an enigma'. Cryptozoology, vol. 9, pp. 26–40 (1990)


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