A Thai man was returning from work when he saw a very small animal on the street. When she approached him, she saw that it was a kitten that had not been mute for two days since she was born. Seeing him alone and helpless, the man took pity on her and decided to take her kitten home to take care of him.
The animal would have had no chance to survive alone on the street.
After taking him home, the man fed the kitten milk with the bottle and took great care of him. The animal was comfortable with the new owner and had settled in the man’s house.
Time passed and the kitten began to grow. The man began to realize that the animal he had raised did not look like a cat. As it grew, it became more and more obvious that it was another species of animal.
The man sought the advice of a veterinarian and found out that the animal was, in fact, a fishing cat.
The fishing cat has its body covered with soft and shiny fur, gray-gray, on the back brown, sprinkled with small black or dark brown spots, of different sizes, evenly distributed, in longitudinal rows especially on the sides and back.
An adult specimen has a body length of 75-86 cm, a weight of 8-14 kg, and a tail length of 25-33 cm.
The legs are long, ending with slightly webbed toes, with sharp claws and only partially retractable.
The name “cat-fisherman” refers to the habit of being a good semi-aquatic hunter of fish, snakes, frogs, crabs, crustaceans, crayfish, snails, and water insects. It is also said to kill birds, mice, reptiles, sheep and calves.