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They have been driven to the verge of extinction in Britain.

But after nearly two centuries, wildcats may soon return to England.

So-called Devon Tigers could be released in the county by 2024. They are similar to a domestic tabby but are larger, stockier and with a bushy tail.

The wildcat is Britain's only remaining native cat. Its last redoubt is in the Scottish Highlands.

The Devon Wildlife Trust, which is behind the plan, has advertised for a Wildcat Officer, asking if applicants 'would like to be at the forefront of a radical species recovery programme and play a pivotal role in reversing the fortunes of Britain's rarest mammal'.

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The wildcat is Britain's only remaining native cat. Its last redoubt is in the Scottish Highlands © Provided by Daily Mail The wildcat is Britain's only remaining native cat. Its last redoubt is in the Scottish Highlands

The Devon Wildcat Project is a partnership between Devon Wildlife Trust, Wildwood Trust, Derek Gow Consultancy and Forestry England. Pete Burgess, of the Devon Wildlife Trust, said an 18-month feasibility study is under way.

He added: 'The success of the project will depend on whether communities want to share the landscape with the animals.

'It's only a couple of hundred years ago they were commonplace around England. That's a blink of an eye in ecological terms'.

Mr Gow said the earliest likely reintroduction would be in 2024 or 2025.

'In this country we have killed everything,' he added. 'To re-establish an animal like this we have managed to scour from the face of this island, it will require hundreds if not thousands of reintroductions of wildcats throughout the landscape.'

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A grandfather sends videos of him singing from his care home to his autistic grandson who lives 350 miles away - to help him fall asleep. Grandfather-of-one George Kerr, 87, lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland, in Elderslie Care Home. As a result he doesn't often see grandson, Keiran Kerr, 13, who lives in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Keiran has autism and struggles to communicate but has a "unique bond" with his grandfather, with the pair speaking regularly on FaceTime. On these calls, musically minded George often sings to Keiran - and the lad loves it. So last month, care home staff recorded George singing Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" to send to Keiran. Keiran's mum, Andrea Kerr, 53, revealed the teen adores the touching video and watches it every night - because hearing his grandfather sing calms him down and helps him fall asleep. Andrea, a civil servant, said: "Keiran is George's only grandson and they share a very unique bond. They always have. "They connect through George's singing - it's always really resonated with Keiran for some reason, and it helps him relax. "Since he got the video of George singing 'White Christmas', Keiran has watched it every night. "He watches it and says, 'night night Grandad, love you to the moon and back'." Andrea explained that the video is treasured by Keiran - and he even shows his friends his singing grandad. One night, Andrea's phone died, and she couldn't show him the video and Keiran was heartbroken. So now she says they have backed the video up on every device - preventing them ever losing access to it. She said: "The video is his most prized possession because his grandad is pretty much his idol.

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