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    Thailand`s Endangered Baby Fishing Cat.

    On July 2, 2013, researchers from the Fishing Cat Research and
    Conservation Project in Thailand captured unprecedented video of a young
    wild fishing cat fishing. They set up this video trap after several
    nights of cats raiding fish traps of local farmers. They modified a pond
    that was already in use by the cats in order to encourage the fishing
    in front of their cameras.Two different fishing cats visited this pond
    that night. In the coming days, the team hopes to film even more
    exciting video of the cats going after their prey of choice, perhaps
    with more splashing involved. Still, what you are about to see has never
    been recorded in the wild before.When I set out to cover the story of Thailandís fishing cats,
    I never expected vandalism could lead to an unprecedented wildlife
    discovery for this little known endangered species.
    Fishing cats are increasingly rare. New estimates suggest only about
    2,500-3,000 remain in the wild. It is only in recent years that
    scientists have started to gain a better understanding of where these
    small wildcats live or whatís happening to them.

    Endangered Baby Fishing Cat Fishes in the Wild - YouTube

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    Amazing. The cat just picks the fish up out of the water with no problem. The fish doesn't even fight to get away.

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    I was amazed...I did`nt know there were still wild cat`s in Thailand....

    (The blurb in the original post is from LiveLeaks, but the video is YouTube....I`ve been told that a lot of people cant access Liveleak)

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    The cat just picks the fish up out of the water with no problem. The fish doesn't even fight to get away.
    That's what I found curious. And something else floated to the surface at the same time. Were the fish already dead?
    Beautiful creature.

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    Kittens Learning to Fish-Cincinnati Zoo - YouTube

    Kittens Learning to Fish-Cincinnati Zoo.
    These kittens have Thai-Cambodian parents.

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    Had to look at that again, NR. Looks like another fish floated up!

    Hard to believe a wild cat would collect dead fish to eat.

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    They are baiting for the fishing cats at that spot.

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    I think you are correct misskit

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    Trying to catch the cats?

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    Trying to catch them on film.

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    watched a bird take a piece of bread thrown to it
    carry it to a large stone in a lake and then drop it in the water
    straight away the fish was onto it and as it does
    the bird dips its beak in and out comes a nice fish for dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    They are baiting for the fishing cats at that spot.
    NR, it's so obvious!!!

    (Thanks, Misskit, I wondered why the fish was so stupid...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    (Thanks, Misskit, I wondered why the fish was so stupid...)
    Excuse me? You've eaten too much tinned rice Betsy, it's addled yer brain - it was me that said she thought the fish were dead. I was just wondering if it was pesticides/pollution.

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    About stupid. If NR hadn't pointed out the second fish, I would have gone away thinking the fishing cat just plucked a hypnotized fish out of the water. Setting up filming spots for wildlife has been my work for years and I should have known at first sight it was a bait spot.

    I must be getting senile dementia already.

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    Saw a fishing cat crossing a road with 2 cubs a few years ago just outside the industrial zone of Maptaphut, Rayong.
    Asked my Thai staff about them, and showed them a few pics off the Internet, and they hadn't a clue.. Obviously not edible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    I must be getting senile dementia already.
    It comes to all (most) of us.

    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    Excuse me? You've eaten too much tinned rice Betsy, it's addled yer brain - it was me that said she thought the fish were dead. I was just wondering if it was pesticides/pollution.
    I know. It was my attempt at humour.

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