Jungle cats, Felis chaus, are also known as Swamp cats. They were available as pets in tropical countries and many were kept on ships as ratters.
George Markie believes that Jungle cats may have jumped ship in ports such as Dundee, Glasgow, Greenock and Leith while reserachers in England and Wales believe Jungle Cats may have arrived at Plymouth, Southampton, Cardiff and Swansea. George has suggested that some of the cats which are seen could be the offspring of Jungle cats which jumped ship and then cross bred with local domestic cats or even wild cats over the past two hundred years or so.
Phebe Cooper reports that Hayling Island on the South coast of England has a population of jungle cats.
A general note on mutant felines!
There has been an albino jungle cat sighting on India/Pakistan border by a holiday-maker from Chelmsford, Essex. His photos are being investigated by Colchester Zoo to positively identify the species.
Sarah Hartwell, Moggie Beast Cat Resource Archive
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