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Endangered species in Asia: fishing cat A cat listed in the illustrated book

Animal

The fishing cat is a cat that catches fish in water and is an animal that is distributed in mangroves, rivers, and swamps from Indonesia to India. This cat is good at swimming and catches fish. It is quite rare for a cat to be able to do this. Cats usually hate water. The English expression is “Fishing Cat” which means a cat that fishes. As its name suggests, it is a cat that can catch fish. They swim in the water themselves and catch and eat fish. Naturally, they are very talented cats who can catch food even on land. However, this cat is actually an endangered species. Due to environmental pollution, land reclamation, and drastic depletion of marshes, their habitat is decreasing, and their survival is in jeopardy.

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Habitat

The fishing cat (English name: Fishing cat, scientific name: Prionailurus viverrinus) is distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia. They are exhibited at facilities such as aquariums and zoos, and their front legs are webbed, so they eat fish. It is a relatively small mammal classified as a species in the genus Prionailurus, in the suborder Felinae and family Felidae.

Characteristic

The appearance of a fishing cat is very similar to a cheetah. The leopard print shows the wildness. Gray or brownish coat with black spots spread throughout the body. There are also white spots on the ears. It has a body length of 57-86 cm, a tail length of 25-33 cm, and a weight of 5.5-8.0 kg. It’s a little big cat. It is a very good cat that can be hunted both on the water and on land. It is very special in cats and cannot store claws. The scabbard for accommodating the nails is underdeveloped.

Ecology

It prefers to live in tropical and subtropical areas. It is known that the life span is about 10 years in captivity, but it is unknown how many years it can live in the wild. I like to eat fish because I can swim by myself. We know that we also eat shellfish and frogs. It is also possible to prey on land creatures. I eat mice and so on. Breeding is embryo. You can give birth to 1 to 4 animals at a time. The gestation period is around 60 days.

Endangered species

In recent years, the number of inhabitants has decreased significantly and it is in danger of extinction. The environment is very harsh, as the number of fish is decreasing due to water pollution, the habitat of cats is decreasing due to land development, food is not available, and the area where people can live is decreasing. Habitat fragmentation is also a concern and is currently designated as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Breeding

Fishing cats are treated as “specific animals”. You can’t keep it like any other cat. It cannot be kept except for some research institutes and zoos. Therefore, there is no choice but to go to Indonesia or watch at the zoo.

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