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. It is not a formal breed of cat, but a landrace of felid hybrids. The specimen was named by cryptozoologist Karl Shuker after the village of Kellas, Moray, where it was first found. Shuker suggested that the cat sìth of Celtic legend is based on folk memory of Kellas cats.
The Kellas cat is described as being two to three feet (0.61 to 0.91 m) long, with powerful and long hind legs and a tail that can grow to be around twelve inches (300 mm) long; its weight can range from five to fifteen pounds (2.3 to 6.8 kg). A specimen is kept in a museum in Elgin. The Zoology Museum of the University of Aberdeen also hold a mounted specimen; the animal had been found in Aberdeenshire.
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