Asian Fishing Cats
August 18, 2011 by staff
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, said Tuesday two males and one female kitten puppy was born July 29. The kittens are with their mother in an isolated area until several weeks old.
The kittens each weighed less than half a kilo at birth. They are the first of a pair of fishing cats who came to the zoo last year as part of a survival of the species.
The zoo said that water pollution, logging and exploitation of populations of endangered fish species.
The Smithsonian Institute describes fishing cats as follows: “Fishing cats range from about 25 pounds for males around 15 pounds for cats females. These have a long body, robust, relatively short legs, a broad head, rounded ears and short tail. His olive-gray coat with black stripes and rows of black spots.
General distribution of the fishing cat is southwest India, Sri Lanka, countries of southern Himalayas, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, China and the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. However, these cats are all over this broad area because of their habitat preferences. They are closely linked to areas with dense vegetation near water, in marshes, swamps, rivers and streams.
The cat attracts fish by lightly tapping the surface with his paw, mimicking insect movements. It then dives into the water to catch fish. You can also use their partially webbed feet to catch fish, frogs and other prey out of the water or swim under water to hunt ducks and other waterfowl. It is powerful enough to take large prey, such as calves and dogs. “
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