Discover how the fishing cat catches its prey.
The fishing cat is a true angler. An individual will stand in the shallows, gently tapping the water’s surface with a paw to imitate the movements of insects – just like a fisherman casting a fly.
Fish that are duped by this deception and move in for a meal instead find themselves on the menu.
But fishing cats don’t just hunt for fish – they’ll also ambush birds out on the water. They have been known to swim underneath coots, ducks and other waterfowl to grab them from below.
Watch a video of a juvenile fishing cat fishing by conservation biologist Passanan ‘Namfon’ Cutter, founder of the Fishing Cat Research and Conservation Project:
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Morgan Heim reports on a quest to save the Thai fishing cat in the March issue of BBC Wildlife (on sale 12 February 2014).
Morgan Heim is a writer and film-maker based in Colorado, and an associate fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.