Fishing Cat Facts
|Size||22.4-29.5 inch (57-75 cm); 15.7 inch (40 cm) (shoulder height)|
|Speed||Up to 34 mph (55 km/h)|
|Weight||11-35 lb (5-16 kg)|
|Food||Fish, frogs, insects, crustaceans, mice, birds|
|Habitat||Nepal, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka|
|Scientific name||Prionailurus viverrinus|
|Characteristics||Uses its paws for fishing|
The fishing cat has an olive-grey coat with dark stripes, oval dots and a white tummy. Its head is long and narrow..
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Contrary to other cats, the fishing cat is not afraid of water. It likes to wade, swim or dive in waters to catch fish, frogs and other animals. Its paws even have some sort of webbings.
The fishing cat is considered to be extremely aggressive. Its small size does not even prevent it from attacking adult cattle. Fishing cats are also said to have killed dogs that have threatened them.
The IUCN estimates that there are less than 10,000 fishing cats living in the world today. They are categorized as a vulnerable species. The IUCN is an international organization committed to the protection of nature and species. For example, it puts together the “red list of threatened species”.
After about 60 - 70 days, the babies are being born. Normally there are 1-4 baby fishing cats that just weigh about 5.2 oz (150 g) each. After about two weeks they open their eyes and stay with their mother for several months.
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