Fishing Cat

Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM. 1/500, F/4, ISO 320

The Fishing Cat from the National Zoo. Fishing cats are found in Southeast Asia, fishing cats range from about 25 pounds for males to about 15 pounds for females. Head and body length is 25 to 34 inches.

Fishing cat’s diet includes birds, small mammals, snakes, snails, and fish. The cat attracts fish by lightly tapping the water’s surface with its paw, mimicking insect movements. Then, it dives into the water to catch the fish. It can also use its partially webbed paws to scoop fish, frogs, and other prey out of the water or swim underwater to prey on ducks and other aquatic birds. It is powerful enough to take large prey, such as calves and dogs.

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