Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vietnam: Rare fishing cat found in An Giang

Updated : 9:54 AM, 11/10/2009

Residents in the Mekong delta province of An Giang, have caught a number of fishing cats, a rare species listed in the national Red Book of precious fauna and flora.

Banh Thanh Hung, Head of the Forest and Nature Reserve Guard Office of the An Giang Forest Ranger Department, on November 8 informed that the office has released a fishing cat to the Tra Su cajeput forest in Tinh Bien district.

The fishing cats, scientifically named Felis Viverrina, live in fragmented groups in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

They mainly gather in areas where there are streams and rivers of fresh water, usually those covered by reeds, swamps, mangroves, and marsh.

As their name implies, they eat mostly fish. The cats will sit and wait on the shore, and scoop the fish out of the water with its paws, and are even known to dive for fish. They also eat frogs, snakes, crustaceans, snails, birds, and small mammals.



Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://www.bigcatrescue.org

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