Kestrel's fur is black with orange stripes, plus white belly fur, "socks" and "gloves". She is a Star Fleet Marine, part of the marine detachment for the cruiser, Montgomery Scott. She was one of fourteen Rakshani rescued from pirates by Neal Foster. Mistakenly thinking that she was still aboard the slave ship, Kestrel attacked Neal unsuccesfully. Later she was "punished" by tickle torture by the cubs. She mates with Johninc, an old acquaintance, but decides to stay with the Folly, asking Neal to be her mate also.