FISHING CAT (Prionailurus viverrinus) ©Chat_pecheur_zoo_Pessac.jpg: duloup
The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized cat (about twice the size of a domestic cat) whose disjunct global range extends from eastern Pakistan through portions of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, throughout Bangladesh and Mainland Southeast Asia to Sumatra and Java. Like its closest relative, the Leopard Cat, the Fishing Cat lives along rivers, streams and mangrove swamps. It is well adapted to this habitat, being an eager and skilled swimmer.
The Fishing Cat inhabits areas of forest, scrub, or grassland, including mangrove swamps, marshes, and terai environments. It is always found close to water, and is an enthusiastic and powerful swimmer. The inter-digital webs on its paws help the cat gain better traction in muddy environments and water, like other mammals living in semi-aquatic environments.
Its main food source is fish. They hunt along the edges of watercourses, grabbing prey from the water, and sometimes diving in to catch prey further from the banks. It also hunts other aquatic animals such as frogs, waterfowl, and crayfish, as well as terrestrial animals such as rodents, birds, snakes, and even chital fawns.
It is endangered.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishing_Cat
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