Born May 18 to Mom Electra, the kittens are now six months old. Their birth was an important milestone for the National Zoo, as it was the first time Fishing Cats had successfully bred and given birth there. You can read more about them and see all their baby pictures .
Humans are the only documented of Fishing Cats.
Fishing cats are considered an "indicator species," meaning their presence or absence indicates how a whole ecosystem is functioning. This is because the cats play such a significant role in controlling a complex food chain (called "tropic cascade") that is dependent on water sources.
There’s no question the Fish Cat is better.
They have webbed paws which help them move around their semi- environment and they are skilled swimmers. Unlike most cats, Fishing Cats cannot fully retract their claws.
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The Fishing is a and solitary hunter that rests amongst dense vegetation during the day before heading to the water at night to find food. They are incredibly strong and capable swimmers and have been known to swim vast distances often in pursuit of a trying to get away. Fishing are largely territorial that occupy of up to 22 square kilometres (although the range of a female is often much less), with that of a male Fishing overlapping the patches occupied by a number of females in the area. Fishing are known to be relatively adaptable and in certain areas are even known to live around city suburbs with little vegetation and close to settlements. Their incredibly elusive and means that they are often hard to spot but are susceptible to being trapped, poisoned or accidentally caught in snares that are set-up to catch other forest , such as Deer.The Fishing is a carnivorous that only hunts and consumes other in to acquire all of the nutrients that it needs to survive. As its name suggests, aquatic make up the bulk of the Fishing Cat's with more than 70% of the food thought to be , followed by , , and that are found in or close to the water. Fishing are also known to hunt small such as mice on land and will even target larger like civets, and livestock in areas close to settlements. Fishing catch their in a couple of different ways but tend to dive into the water once a has been spotted before catching it in its mouth (they are even known to dive into quite deep water and can surface under aquatic to catch them). The other method they use involves them sitting at the water's edge either on the bank or a rock and using their paw, they lightly tap the surface in a way that mimics an to attract . Once it is close enough the Fishing then scoops the out of the water using its paw and flicks it onto dry land before eating it.Although little is really known about their breeding or social in the wild, mating is thought to take place in January and February when a female Fishing will call to males in the area, indicating that she is ready to mate. After a that lasts for between 60 and 70 days, she gives birth to 1 - 4 kittens that weigh about 150 grams and are born blind. Fishing kittens develop relatively slowly at first putting on an average of 11 grams in a day and don't open their eyes until they are just over two weeks old. At around 50 days old the kittens are able to start eating meat but are not weaned for at least another couple of months. Fishing reach their adult and are able to breed by the time they are nine months old and become completely independent of their mother about a month later when they leave to establish a of their own. Although it is thought that it is just the female who rears her young in the wild, captive males have been observed helping her to raise their offspring.Cats don’t like water, and they definitely don’t swim, right? Well, that’s only true of some cats—others actually love the water! Fishing cats are one of the best swimmers around and are completely at home in the water. Cats are supposed to roam the land while hunting small terrestrial animals, but sometimes you want to be something different!