Its cheeks have white highlights and black marks, and its eyes are ringed with white fur. At the present time, the animals can be found in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and parts of India. 70% of their diet is fish leading to their name. It's found in South and Southeast Asia and lives in or near wetland areas. Cats are supposed to roam the land while hunting small terrestrial animals, but sometimes you want to be something different! The cat is a lovely and very interesting animal. Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 09, 2015: The Fishing Cats a beautiful creatures. First heard about this creature on a visit to the Taronga Zoo but cudnt see it in it's enclosure.. peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 09, 2015: this cat is really unique, it should be going extinct if hunters wanted the fur. Behaviour. Sea lions are classified by DOC as ‘nationally critical’ – the same level of threat as Māui dolphins and kakapo. The fishing cat lives foremost in the vicinity of wetlands, along rivers, streams, oxbow lakes, in swamps, and mangroves. I hope it's saved, too! It was about 2 1/2 ft long and about 18 in ht. but annoying haha i should do a hub on him sometime! I appreciate your kind comment. Fishing cats look a lot like ally cats. These cats live along rivers and in mangrove swamps in Asia, primarily in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Extending through this layer are the longer guard hairs. Thank you for the visit. Thanks for introducing me to this fishing cat with its natural abilities and talents. In captivity, the male fishing cat sometimes helps the female care for her kittens. New Report on Reintroduction of African Lions into the Wild, What’s Killing the Fishing Cat? It's definitely a cat that is not afraid of water. Wetland destruction is by far the biggest thread to the animals, however. What a wonderful creature and a superb hub on this glorious cat. Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. The claws are retractable, like the claws of other cats. How cool is that? The coat is light-grey or brown and is decorated with dark stripes and blotches. The paws of fishing cats have another interesting feature. Sometimes the stripes extend from the neck along the cat's spine. When fishing these cats stand at the edge of a river and lightly tap the water like an insect. Local people consider this cat a sacred animal and stuffed Andean cats are used in festivals probably as a attempt to improve harvests. It's such a beautiful animal. Linda Hoxie from Idaho on August 27, 2014: This was such a find for me. Fishing cats are medium-sized felines. Zoos and wildlife parks certainly have their drawbacks, but they can have benefits, too. 0000019729 00000 n why are sea lions endangered. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 14, 2014: Thank you for the comment and for sharing the information, theBAT. Because of their dependency on water, fishing cats are threatened by the loss of wetlands, swamps and mangrove habitats. Their presence in Cambodia was confirmed in 2008, but their current status in that country is unknown. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 06, 2014: Hi, Lady Guinevere. In one study, a male was found to have a large territory that overlapped the smaller territories of several females. As the name suggests, the fishing cat prey primarily on fish, frogs and crustaceans for a tasty meal. Humans are also damaging wetlands by pollution and excessive fishing, hunting, and woodcutting. I'd love to read it! In addition to eating fish, the cat’s diet also includes small mammals, birds and reptiles. The scientific name of the fishing cat is Prionailurus viverrinus. Six to eight black lines run from the cat's forehead to its neck, breaking up into shorter bars and spots on its shoulders. Thank you very much for the comment, eilval. Thank you, Happyboomernurse. A Species Survival Plan Program (SSP) is a cooperative management program between accredited zoos belonging to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or AZA. They were once found in Pakistan but are now thought to be extinct there, and in other places they haven’t been seen in a few years. I would hate for them to disappear. I think the fishing cat is beautiful, too! Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 07, 2017: Good luck in the contest, FishingKitti. Enjoyed and voted up! Thank you very much for the kind comment and the congratulations. After mating, the female builds a den in which to give birth. It looked more like this cat. The site’s Fishing Cat page contains a number of links relating to the fishing […]. 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