In a world first, VisitScotland confirmed today the sighting of a wild haggis, a species native to Scotland which is notoriously impossible to spot without the help of expert huntsmen.
Evidence of the elusive creature was caught on camera by a dog walker in the Highlands towards the end of last year, making this the first documented sighting of it in the wild by the general public.
The dog walker, 45, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I’ve never seen such a wee, sleekit animal in all my days.”
“I’ve only ever seen a haggis on my plate!”
The last alleged sighting of a wild haggis was over 50 years ago by an elderly farmer near Ecclefechan, Dumfries & Galloway. He was known locally for his trademark hipflask.
Until now, no photographic or video evidence existed of the animal in the wild. The amateur footage has only just come to light now after the dog walker recovered from the shock of the seeing a real haggis in its natural surroundings.
“It was my wee dog here who found him first. He got the scent of it and started running after it,” he added.
“I managed to calm him down, and a few minutes later, I saw it clear as day. I had just enough time to grab my phone and film a few seconds of it before he was away.”
The video is currently being analysed by independent adjudicators but an inside source has confirmed that they believe the footage taken by the walker to be authentic.
Described as small but fast, the haggis is said to be roughly the size of a piglet and is well-known for being timid.
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