One of the largest wildcats ever recorded in the world has been captured on camera in the North-east.
Footage of the animal was recorded at Clashindarroch Forest south of Huntly.
Dubbed the Clashindarroch Beast, camera trap video showed the wildcat measured more than three feet long in body length with the tail taking it beyond four feet.
The cat, captured by Wildcat Haven field worker Kev Bell, is one of the largest filmed anywhere.
Wildcat Haven, a Scottish conservation project is operating across the Highlands and North-east is looking to protect the animal.
The conservation scheme started 10 years ago with sightings spotted across the region.
Mr Bell said: “I’ve been monitoring the wildcats in this area for about two years now and been fortunate to get footage of quite a few of these ghost cats.
“There are about ten to 15 of them here in the Clashindarroch. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw this cat, he is enormous, a magnificent animal.”
Remote camera traps are placed in areas by field workers where it is believed the felines live for months at a time.
The animal is then baited with food or scene and anytime something passes in front of the camera it shoots 30 seconds of video.
The technology is used around the world to identify populations of rare and elusive species such as wildcats.
Mr Bell added: “The cameras give us amazing insight to this priceless group of wildcats which have somehow survived here and avoided hybridisation.
“Some people say that the wildcat doesn’t exist anymore but we know different and wildcats like the beast prove it.
“This is nothing like a domestic cat, and you certainly wouldn’t want it sitting in your lap.”
Steve Sleigh, another fieldworker with Wildcat Haven, said: “These cats are a vital part of Scotland’s wild nature and ecology, and they must be protected wherever they live.
“They are one of the rarest animals in the world.
“We have to do all we can to keep this amazing predator in wild where it belongs.
“Animals like the wildcat should never be locked up in a cage, they epitomise the wilderness.
“Wildcat Haven will continue to monitor the Clashindarroch Beast as well as wildcat populations in Caithness and Lochaber.”