This is the Fishing Cat. Probably the most badass fisher of all kitties. Like the Manual it's range is also Central Asia. While most felines are wary of water it is well adapted to swimming and hunting in water. While it does eat rodents and other small terrestrial animals, it will sit at the edge of a bank and fish for its food like a bear does for salmon. This is probably why modern day domestic cats developed their love of fish (probably not). They are listed as a vulnerable species, like the manual for its fur, because of exploitation and conversion to agrarian land of it watery habitat.
And now what you really want: pictures
More info: Fishing Cat Wiki and Fishing Cat Facts (National Zoo)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
This magnificent beast is the Manul, or Pallas's Cat. It is the oldest extant species of feline known. That's right, it is the longest surviving species of what we know as the modern cat. Not just the modern domesticated cat but also, lions, jaguars, leopards, cheetahs, cougars, etc. It is native to Central Asia. In contrast to most cats, it has rounded pupils instead of slits.
It is also extremely cute.
All about this creature: Pallas's Cat Wiki
I created this new blog in addition to my old one How to make life work because I felt more and more compelled to post all the cool and crazy animals I love. This blog will be an outlet for that so I can keep my other one more "on-topic". Whatever that means.
Posted by MikeNeuman at 11:01 PM