Twin Fishing Cats Arrive …
Jun 16th, 2012 by Autumn Sunshine
Awww! 2 furry fishing cats born at National Zoo
Looks like the National Zoo has two new young additions! Twin fishing cats were born May 18, marking an important milestone for the endangered species.
The twin kittens were the first-ever fishing cats to be bred and produced in the D.C. area — making future breeding possibilities a more tangible option. Just 27 of out of 30 fishing cats in North America are considered reproductively viable.
The fishing cat population has decreased 50 percent over the past 18 years due to poaching in Southeast Asia, and scientists are working hard to help this endangered species thrive in the future. Named for their hunting technique, fishing cats tend to find the majority of their diet living in water.
These kittens are going through procedures most human babies experience after birth — physical examinations and vaccinations. They are being closely monitored by specialized scientists.
They will make their first public appearance late this summer, but their father, 2-year-old Lek, can be seen now on the National Zoo’s Asia trail. Their mother, Electra, has heightened maternal instincts and doesn’t let the twins go too far.
I’m just so happy they are twins; 🙂 and being that they are an endangered species it’s very good news. They really are soooooo cute and cuddly! I worry about the species such as the fishing cats becoming extinct. Fishing cat are endangered due to their dependence on wetlands, which are increasingly being settled and converted for agricultural use, and also due to human over-exploitation of local fish stocks.
Humans can make such a difference in saving so many of the endangered species. I’m just glad the fishing cats are making a comeback!!
What do you think, aren’t they just so precious?? They are and I am thinking they will have a wonderful and safe life and be meowing with happiness 🙂