A Thai man had just finished his shift when he noticed a tiny small animal walking along the road. When she got closer to him, she discovered that it was a kitten that hadn’t been silent for two days since she was born. The kitten had been born deaf. When the man saw that she was all by herself and unable to assist him, he felt compassion for her and made the decision to take her cat and care for it in his own home.
The animal would not have stood a hope of surviving if it had been left on the street by itself.
After bringing the kitten home with him, the man fed the young animal milk from a bottle and took very good care of it. The animal was comfortable with the new owner and had settled in the man’s residence.
As time went on, the kitten started to mature and grow. The man slowly came to the conclusion that the animal he had been caring for did not resemble a cat in any way. As it matured, the fact that it belonged to a different species of an animal became ever more apparent.
The man sought the counsel of a veterinarian, who informed him that the animal in question was, in point of fact, a fishing cat.
The body of the fishing cat is covered with thick fur that is both soft and shiny. The fur is gray-gray on the front and sides, and brown on the back. The fur is speckled with small black or dark brown spots of varying sizes, which are evenly distributed and arranged in longitudinal rows, particularly on the back and sides.
A fully grown individual has a body length of 75-86 centimeters, weighs 8-14 kilograms, and has a tail length of 25-33 centimeters.
The toes are somewhat webbed, the claws are keen, and the legs are only partially retractable. The legs are lengthy and finished with slightly webbed toes.
The term “cat-fisherman” refers to someone who is skilled at hunting fish, snakes, frogs, crabs, crustaceans, crayfish, snails, and other water-dwelling animals and insects in a semi-aquatic environment. It is also rumored to be lethal to sheep, calves, and birds, as well as mice and reptiles.