Wet Whiskered Wonder: A New Addition To A Red Listed Rarity…
Curraghs Wildlife Park on the Isle of Man is currently celebrating the arrival of this new Fishing Cat kitten. With wild population numbers of this species ambiguous and just over 200 captive animals existing, this miniature moggy marvel is a welcomed addition to the breed. This kitten is one of only ten born in captivity this year so far, with Newquay Zoo in Cornwall and Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington among the other zoos proud to receive new additions this year also.
Fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrinus) have been classified as endangered by the IUCN as of 2008 owing to destruction and conversion of their wetland habitats and over-exploitation of fish food stocks in their native south and southeast Asia. As their name implies, fish is their primary prey and comprises up to three-quarters of their diet. Needless to say, they are very much at ease in water and even possess webbed paws which assist them in their abilities to swim vast distances, even underwater.
- Check out some BBC video footage of this yet-to-be-named waterbaby here