Fishing cats tap the surface of water to attract fish and have been seen preying on waterfowl from underwater. They can also run up to 34 mph.
Status in the Wild
Fishing cats are sexually dimorphic (with two distinct gender forms): males are larger than females. They have a short, coarse coat colored gray with light brown, dark brown, or black spots arranged in horizontal rows. Their head is big and broad with six to eight dark lines running from the forehead over the crown and along the neck. The backs of the short, rounded ears are black with white, central spots. The tail is ringed with black. Their coloration offers excellent camouflage. Their paws are slightly webbed, with claws that do not fully retract. Their tail and legs are relatively short compared to their body length.
The degradation and destruction of wetlands and the depletion of fish stocks pose significant threats to their population.