Photo of the Day #29: Fishing Cat

Fishing Cat

The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a very interesting Indonesian species of felid that doesn’t seem to mind getting wet. Living on the margins of rivers, swamps, and smaller bodies of water, these cats often swim and (as their name implies) are quite fond of freshly-caught fish. Indeed, they’ve become more adapted to this type of habitat and lifestyle than other cats that are just occasional visitors to the riverbank, developing larger inter-digital webs than other cats to help it get a grip on muddy surfaces (the other branch of the Carnivora, the canids, includes the Bush Dog of the Amazon which also has webbing between its toes). This particular animal was photographed last February at the Philadelphia Zoo, although during my last visit she was moved off display.

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