Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Felidae
  Scientific Name : Prionailurus viverrinus

                 Colour : Olive-Grey, Black
            Skin Type : Fur
                 Size(L) : 57cm - 85cm 
                                  (22.4in 0 33.4in)
                 Weight : 5.5kg - 8kg 
                                  (12lbs - 17.6lbs)

           Top Speed : 55km/h (34mph)
            Life Span : 10 - 12 years
 Most Distinctive 
               Feature : Long, stocky body
                               and slightly webbed paws
             Fun Fact : Scoops first out of the
                                 water using its paw!
  1. Fishing Cats are medium-small sized cats, native to South-East Asia.
  2. Distinctly, they inhabit areas with dense vegetation,
  3. close to water and are incredible swimmers.
  4. They are a part of the leopard cat linage and are closely related to them.
  5. Though they have a semi-aquatic lifestyle, their body is not specially adapted to it.
  6. They have a powerful, stocky body and relatively short legs.
  7. Their fur coat is short, coarse and patterned with black spots.
  8. Their flattened short tail acts like a boat’s rudder and helps them steer in the right direction while swimming.
  9. They are nocturnal animals that lead a solitary lifestyle and are also known to be territorial.
  10. They are quite adaptable and are sometimes known to live in suburban areas with little vegetation.
  11. They breed in January and February when the female fishing cats call the males indicating that they are ready.
  12. 1-4 fishing cat kittens are born after a 60-70-day gestation and are born blind.
  13. The kittens slowly grow independent and leave for their own territory by 10 months.
  14. Fishing cats are carnivores mainly feeding on fish and occasionally on molluscs, frogs, snails and snakes.
  15. Interestingly, they lightly tap the water surface with their paw to mimic an insect and to attract the fish.
  16. When the fish comes close enough, they flick it on the dry land before eating it.
  17. Fishing cats are also known to dive deep and swim for long distances to catch their prey.
  18. They do not have many natural predators but humans pose a great threat of them.
  19. Habitat loss and poaching by humans have made the fishing cat an endangered species today.

 

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