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Two fishing cats born at National Zoo

9:02 am - 06/16/2012

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.

Apparently the zoo originally planned to pair Electra with another male, but the original pair showed no interest in each other. When Electra met Lek, they instantly showed their affection by nuzzling and grooming each other.

The match made in heaven is definitely a step in the right direction toward saving another endangered species, as these cute young kittens show.

dancingspiral 16th-Jun-2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
furrygreen 16th-Jun-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! Kill me now! Those kittens are so cute. I... I wanna hold them. D;
thelilyqueen 16th-Jun-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Me too! I am constitutionally incapable of being truly afraid of any sort of cat (though, yeah, I also respect that they can be dangerous and I'm not going to do anything stupid). Any sort of kitten/cat cub? WANT TO SNUGGLE.
poetic_pixie_13 16th-Jun-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
vanishingbee 16th-Jun-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
beoweasel 16th-Jun-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)

-Paws at screen-

I want one...X_X
furrygreen 16th-Jun-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
OMG! Perfect icon and comment! +2 internets!
cozmic_oceanz 16th-Jun-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
BB!!! sooo cute...
thistlerose 16th-Jun-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Kittens! Ohhh, I want to go see them! *plans next trip to DC*
iamduvet 16th-Jun-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
KITTIES! :D *squee*
jwaneeta 16th-Jun-2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Baybiiiies <3
kseda 16th-Jun-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Kitties :D

Also needs the "unicorn chaser" tag, we need it after this week lbr.
benihime99 16th-Jun-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Too cute, it's too cute
flyingwild 16th-Jun-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeee kitties!
blackpuddle 16th-Jun-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Kiiiities!!! Soo cute!!!!
wrestlingdog 16th-Jun-2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I needed this story so much. And KITTENS!!!
kyra_neko_rei 16th-Jun-2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
mercystars 16th-Jun-2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
nice, i'd never heard of fishing cats before

/learn something new every day/
the_glow_worm 16th-Jun-2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Guys, this is also making me sad because I have lived in the DC area for my entire life, have visited the National Zoo more times than I can count on my fingers, and still have NEVER seen the fishing cats because they're nocturnal T_T
pamuya 17th-Jun-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
aviv_b 17th-Jun-2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Yay for the kitties! Is it true they have webbed feet?
effervescent 17th-Jun-2012 02:54 am (UTC)

I think we need a kitty! tag like we have a puppy! tag.
crossfire 18th-Jun-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
etherealtsuki 17th-Jun-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Man, why couldn't this happened when I visited there 2.5 months ago. (lol, the fishing cats were asleep when we went around their habitat.

They are precious. ;_;
dustbunny105 17th-Jun-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
crossfire 18th-Jun-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
lol comment twins
crossfire 18th-Jun-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
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